Illinois Coach Bruce Weber sounded like a dead man walking last night in his post game press conference. Following the Illini home loss to Purdue, which effectively killed his team’s NCAA Tournament at-large chances, Weber sounded very defeatist when meeting the media.
He called out some of his own players (Meyers Leonard, for his body language specifically), gushed over some of his opponents’ players, reflected on the last three years, and apologized for some of the things that went on during his regime in Champaign.
Basically, it sounded a lot like a guy who was saying goodbye, and letting it all out on the way to the door.
Today, he issued a statement explaining himself through the University (obtained via ESPN Chicago):
“I would like to expand on my comments from last night’s press conference. I spoke out of frustration following another difficult loss. I am disappointed in myself, as I said, for not developing a culture of toughness with our team up to this point in the seas...