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MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Multiple times during the past month -- in the wee hours of the morning, when he couldn't sleep -- Bruce Weber grabbed his cellphone from the nightstand and began to text.
Often he'd send four or five messages. Other times it was 10 or 20. Eventually, Weber plans to respond to every text he received the week after he was fired from Illinois.
There are more than 1,000 of them.
"I've got about 200 left to return," Weber said. "Coaches I didn't even know were contacting me. Former players, guys that are playing in Europe … so many people reached out and said, 'Thank you. You did things right. You affected me.'
"It made me feel so good. I was basically being eulogized every day."
Weber stops and chuckles.
"Somebody actually told me, 'You got to live through your own wake,'" he said.
Weber's time at Illinois may be finished, but his career is far from dead. Twenty-two days after his nine-year run with the Illini came to an end, Weber was hired to replace Frank Martin at Kansas State.
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber gets second wind at Kansas State.