Bruce Weber unsure of future
INDIANAPOLIS -- Illinois coach Bruce Weber said he has not spoken with athletic director Mike Thomas and is unsure of his job status after the Illini lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
"I don't know," Weber said when asked about his future at Illinois. "I don't even know if we'll be in the NIT, to be honest."
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Once considered an NCAA tournament team, the Illini have dropped 12 of their past 14 games and have fallen to 17-15 overall. Thursday's 64-61 loss sealed their NCAA tournament fate, and they likely are now on the NIT bubble.
Weber's job security is in question after Illinois' season spun downward in the last few months. Weber coached the Illini to the Sweet 16 and NCAA championship game in his first two years, but Illinois hasn't advanced past the second round since then and will now miss the NCAA tournament for the third time in his tenure.
Weber has a 210-101 overall record and an 89-66 record in the Big Ten in nine years at Illinois. Weber said he would like to continue coaching Illinois and hoped the Illini would have their season extended in the NIT.
"If I'm the coach at Illinois, I'll coach every day just like I always do," Weber said. "I think we're a bubble team for the NIT. We just have to see how things unfold. For the kids' sake, I would like something positive."
Weber wouldn't comment much on his job status, but he spoke about how difficult the season had been for him.
"It's very hard," Weber said. "I'm not sure why or what. I'll talk when it all settles down. It's all I can do. Help the team, see what happens with the NIT and see how things unfold."