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Coach’s Classy Gesture After Being Fired

April 10, 2012 by staff 

Coach’s Classy Gesture After Being Fired, Bruce Weber’s ad in the Champaign News-Gazette (via Big Ten Network)Bruce Weber has a message for the Illinois fan base that helped run him out of Champaign last month after his Illini missed the NCAA tournament three of the past five seasons.

Believe it or not, it’s “thank you.” Weber, who has since been hired by Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, delivered his message to Illinois fans via a full-page ad in Sunday’s Champaign News Gazette. The ad features Illinois and Kansas State logos separated by a basketball that houses the following message: “Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years. GO ILLINI & GO CATS! Coach Bruce Weber.”

The advertisement is proof Weber deserves his reputation as one of the classiest coaches in college basketball. Not many coaches would make such a gesture after leaving a program on good terms, let alone less than a month after being fired.

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