It was hard to find a non-derpy picture of Bruce Weber, and that’s appropriate for the end of his Illinois coaching career.
Weber’s firing was announced at a press conference this morning and the hot talk is about Reggie Theus taking the job, with VCU’s Shaka Smart a fun name to speculate on. New Illini AD Mike Thomas has fired the head football coach, the head women’s hoops coach and now Weber. He finished 210-101 in nine seasons.
Weber’s highlight was the 2004-05 team that started the season 29-0 and placed second in the NCAA tournament after one of the great tourney comebacks and games of all time against Arizona (90-89 win in OT after trailing by 15 with 4 minutes to play). That team featured Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head, as well as fan favorite James Augustine. It tied the NCAA record for most wins in a season, with 37.
The Illini under Weber have missed the tourney two of the past three years, and he and his team have been basket cases this season. There was cry...