The Bruce Weber era is over in Champaign. Weber was fired this morning, a day after the Illinois Fighting Illini lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. It was the Illini's ninth loss in their last 10 games. Illinois, who was briefly ranked in the national polls earlier this season, ended the year 17-15 overall, and 6-12 in conference.
CBSSports.com has confirmed that Illinois has fired Bruce Weber.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 9, 2012
The buyout on Weber's contract is said to be $3.9 million. If the Illini are selected for the NIT or another postseason tournament, it'll be the first time in nine seasons they aren't under the guidance of Weber.
Weber guided Illinois to the NCAA National Championship game in 2005 before falling to North Carolina. Weber exits Illinois with a 210-101 overall record, 89-66 in the Big Ten.
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