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Illinois' Bruce Weber fired

Updated: March 9, 2012, 10:19 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois fired Bruce Weber on Friday, letting go of a fiery coach whose first three years with the Illini included a run to the national championship game before a long, lackluster slide the past six years that concluded with a 17-15 mark this season.

"Bruce is everything you'd want as a coach," athletic director Mike Thomas said at a news conference that Weber did not attend. "We had great success here but in the last four or five years, I don't know if you want to say ...

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