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Weber had read the writing on the wall

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08:19 AM ET 03.09 | For Bruce Weber, the clock was ticking ever more loudly. He almost acknowledged that grim reality Thursday afternoon in the Illini locker room as this miserable season officially reached the point of no return with a 64-61 loss to Iowa in the Big Ten tournament. "It's very hard," Weber said, his voice barely a whisper. "I'd be lying to you. I'm not sure why or what, but I'll talk when it's all ... when it all settles down." He was on the verge of saying "when it's all over."

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March 9, 2012  09:01 AM ET

If only Bill Self would've continued to recruit players for him.....then he might have been okay.

March 9, 2012  09:23 AM ET

I believe I'm in my right to hijack this thread about poor Bruce Weber, and turn it into an Iowa Hawkeyes thread :]


Hawks are taking on Michigan State at 11:30 CST - GO HAWKS!!!

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March 9, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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I believe I'm in my right to hijack this thread about poor Bruce Weber, and turn it into an Iowa Hawkeyes thread :] Hawks are taking on Michigan State at 11:30 CST - GO HAWKS!!!

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March 9, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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Go Longhorns Go

Crud.

March 9, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Go Longhorns Go

-100

LOL

March 9, 2012  10:58 AM ET
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I believe I'm in my right to hijack this thread about poor Bruce Weber, and turn it into an Iowa Hawkeyes thread :] Hawks are taking on Michigan State at 11:30 CST - GO HAWKS!!!

Iowa? Okay. Along those lines, I think that the Illini are looking to hire Bruce Pearl.
(Best of luck to the Hawkeyes today.)

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March 9, 2012  01:29 PM ET

My poor Bruce. My poor Illini. My poor University. My poor city. It's gonna take a big, old hose to wash off the crap in this town.

March 9, 2012  01:45 PM ET
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If only Bill Self would've continued to recruit players for him.....then he might have been okay.

Bill Self recruited worse than Bruce Weber did at Illinois. Dee Brown was the only big recruit he got. Deron Williams just happened to be very underrated, both the major recruiting services had him in the fifties. Self's first class was a guy barely in the top 100 and another guy not in the top 100. Augustine was barely in the top 100. His last class was a major bust and coupled with several big misses by Weber, the reason for the drop off. Self not recruiting Andre Iguodala and Shannon Brown really hurt. Self found it much easier to recruit when he didn't have to follow the rules. It also got him put on probation.

 
March 9, 2012  01:47 PM ET
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I know, I know. "I jest...and don't call me Shirley."

Yes, and the Illini fans hate Pearl more than the crabs they got from that extremely sociable sorority girl back their in college days.
Whistleblowers tend to make enemies.

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