Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/9/12
We knew this was coming since February, so I’m not going to say too much about it. I’ve already written thousands of words about Bruce Weber’s virtues and failures, what Illini fans will miss about Weber, why Shaka Smart is the right guy to replace him etc. So let’s just get to the official University of Illinois statement: “This is an extremely difficult decision, especially with the success Bruce Weber had early in his career here at Illinois,” Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. “However, when making decisions of this magnitude, there are many things that need to be considered, including the direction of the program in terms of wins and losses, competitiveness in the Big Ten and fan support. Bruce has been an outstanding ambassador for the University of Illinois and we wish him nothing but the best as he moves on in his career. “Fighting Illini fans should expect our basketball team to be a factor in the Big Ten race and in the national conscience each season. The tradition...
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