Bruce Weber: I coached not to lose

Updated: February 17, 2012, 2:57 PM ET

Illinois coach Bruce Weber felt compelled to issue a statement Thursday after postgame comments the night before led some to speculate about his future with the program.

Weber said he has "coached not to lose all year" following a 67-62 defeat to Purdue Wednesday in Champaign, Ill.

Illinois (16-10 overall, 5-8 Big Ten) dropped its fourth consecutive game and seventh of its past eight.

"The sad thing about the whole thing I guess is it's my fault," Weber said Wednesday. "Instead ...

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