When Kansas State brought in Bruce Weber to take over for Frank Martin as coach of the men's basketball team in April, the hire was met with mixed reviews, at best.
Some found the move to be a case of settling. Weber, who had been fired by Illinois less than a month earlier after a 17-15 finish in his ninth year at the school, was seen as a safe but uninspiring choice by athletic director John Currie.
The well-liked Weber gave the Wildcats a wholesome presence to fill the void left behind by the passionate and sometimes malevolent Martin, whose accomplishments, including an Elite Eight run and two Sweet 16 appearances in his final three seasons, were never questioned, but whose methods often were.
In the end, Martin's unwillingness to tone things down and make nice with Currie led to his unceremonious departure for South Carolina, where he's 3-1 in his first season with the Gamecocks,
Others felt that Weber was hired on the merits of an impressive resume -- which includes more t...