Just wanted to share a few interesting links that ESPN had on the Illini today.
- ESPN Chicago writer Scott Powers, who I previously had the privilege to collaborate with discussing Illinois football and the Texas bowl, talks about head coach Bruce Weber’s thoughts on the search for the new Athletic Director and the team’s upcoming trip to Italy. Click here for link.
- ESPN writer Dana O’Neil also interviewed coach Weber to find his thoughts on the recent trend of young coaches and whether or not he and other coaches (including Michigan State coach Tom Izzo) feel that the sport of college basketball is in good hands for the future. Click here for link. You can also read who the coaches think is the nation’s best coach in late game situations and who they see as the smartest coach in college basketball.
It is always good for the program to get positive national attention like this. The reason Weber was featured so prominently, more so than say Izzo or UNC coach Roy Williams, was likely because of his off the court coaching history. Weber spent 18 years, an unheard of time in this day and age, as an assistant at Purdue under Gene Keady. He is also mentoring assistant coach Jerrance Howard, who is one of the nation’s most heralded assistant coaches primarily because of his recruiting savvy.