3-point shot: Illinois' Weber a beaten man


1. Illinois coach Bruce Weber has had multiple chances to leave. In hindsight, he should have gone. Weber will get paid millions if he’s out at season’s end. His comments after Wednesday's home loss to Purdue sounded like those of a defeated coach. I’ve said this many times. He’s a good man, who simply stayed too long in a high-pressure situation. If I were an athletic director at a Missouri Valley school, I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him.

2. Karl Benson had no choice but to abandon ship and go after the Sun Belt commissioner’s job. He will be announced later Thursday as the league's new commish. Benson had stayed true to the WAC, despite being betrayed multiple times by league members – most recently Nevada and Fresno State. Had they kept a promise and stayed, Benson had BYU, and the WAC would have been saved. Instead, the Mountain West survived for a bit before “merging” with Conference USA. Benson had done all he could do with the remaining WAC schools. The end is near for that league.

3. Benson’s decision to leave the WAC for the Sun Belt makes me wonder even more what Boise State was thinking in putting its men’s basketball program in the WAC. There is zero stability in the WAC going forward; the Broncos might have been better off pleading with the WCC to house their programs in the all-private-school league and at least be a partner with BYU.