Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas spoke to fans on the radio Saturday and would not give head basketball coach Bruce Weber a vote of confidence to continue past this season. Thomas told WDWS radio in Champaign,
"Yes, obviously, that's something people are paying attention to right now," Thomas said, responding to a question regarding Weber's job security. "As I've always said, I will assess the situation at the end of the season no different than I do with the other 18 sports, no different than I did for the football program.
"I need to look at the total body of work and all of the things that come into play as far as making those decisions. Because those are important decisions and they affect a lot of people. I'll tell you this: No one wants to win more than I do. I'm here to win championships."â†µ
The Illini have underachieved for several years in a row now under Weber. The former Southern Illinois coach did reach the finals, but lost to North Carolina.â†µ
One knock against Weber has been his recruiting. The best season he had with Illinois was with players former Illini coach and current Kansas coach Bill Self had recruited.â†µ