Report: Illinois Fires Bruce Weber

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For those of you that have followed Illinois’s disappointing season, this should be no surprise. After leading Illinois to the Sweet Sixteen and the NCAA championship game in his first two years, Weber’s Illini have been on steady decline that finally hit rock bottom this season when the Illini lost 12 out of their last 14 games. And then followed that up by being bounced out of the Big Ten tournament in the first round by Iowa.

ESPN’s Andy Katz has details on a possible replacement and where Weber could land next.

VCU’s Shaka Smart is expected to be a candidate for the job. Smart, who took the Rams to last year’s Final Four, and Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas once worked together at Akron.

Weber becomes an immediate candidate to return to Southern Illinois, where he coached before replacing Bill Self at Illinois when Self left for the Kansas job.

SIU athletic director Mario Mocca has been monitoring Weber’s status, according to sources. Mocca fired former Weber assistant Chris Lowery this year.




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