Iâ€™m not big on Twitter in the evening. I prefer to turn the computer off and enjoy time with friends, the hubby, the dog. Last night had some not-so-good sushi with a great friend- so it evened out.
Point is, I pop onto Twitter this morning and find proclamations that Bruce Weber has been offered the coaching job at Oklahoma and heâ€™s going to take it. Um, whatâ€™d I miss? Just yesterday I listened to a radio show where Coach Weber said that he wants to win another Big Ten Championship and wants to make a push in the NCAA Tourney. The first part of the plan sure wonâ€™t work if heâ€™s coaching a team in the Big 12. Weber admitted that people have been talking to him about openings, but thatâ€™s all. I’m sure that happens every year. He brushed the comment aside like itâ€™s nothing. He also spent a fair amount of time talking about the great recruits coming in next year. All in all, he didnâ€™t sound like a guy that wants to leave.
Iâ€™m not saying Weber has no reason to explore his options. Fans werenâ€™t particularly nice after yet another so-so year of Illinois basketball. Thereâ€™s a lot of pressure on Weberâ€™s shoulders, and itâ€™s got to wear on him. He said that he doesnâ€™t read what people are saying about him or the team, but Iâ€™m sure it seeps through.Â However, he doesnâ€™t seem like the type of guy that will toss his hands in the air and run away from a challenge.
Another reason that Weber could be exploring options is that Ron Guenther, the Illinois Athletic Director, has a contract that is expiring on June 30. Guenther doesnâ€™t have a lot of fans, and itâ€™s possible he wonâ€™t return. If not, then Weberâ€™s job suddenly isnâ€™t as secure. That is the one and only reason I could see Weber even maybe possibly considering a change. However, I also see him as the type of guy that would prefer to get the boot than leave a job unfinished. If he leaves Illinois right now, then he will have given up. That’s all there is to it.
So weâ€™ve got some tweets and some news reports with holes.Â One tweet that said it is a done deal has since been deleted. Just the other day Jackie Chan was pronounced dead on Twitter, and his camp had to send out a press release that he is indeed alive. Yesterday people had confirmed Matt Painter was ditching Purdue for Missouri, and then 10Â minutes later Painter announced to the world he was staying in West Lafayette (yay!). I donâ€™t think the Weber situation is an effort to get more dough, I think itâ€™s just some rumors that have blown up. In fact, Bruce Weber was trending on Twitter last night, along with Oklahoma basketball. Some say this is an April Foolâ€™s joke, as an â€œannouncementâ€ is set for tomorrow.
I donâ€™t buy any of it. I really believe these are rumors that are out of hand. Maybe itâ€™s because I donâ€™t want Bruce Weber to leave, but itâ€™s really more the fact that I donâ€™t get why he would leave Champaign to head to Norman. Heâ€™s got at least one daughter enrolled at the UofI, and I think he really just digs the scene and loves his players. Also, Oklahoma is by no means a more presitigious basketball school than Illinois. Not to mention the fact that the Big 12 almost dismantled last year with the loss of Nebraska to the Big 10 and Colorado to the Pac 10. It’s just not a move that makes sense. Earlier people were saying he was considering Marquette, which makes some sense as it is the Big East, and Weber is from Wisconsin.
Iâ€™m no expert by any means, and if I’m wrong I will promise to eat my words, but my gut tells me that Bruce Weber is here for the long haul, whether fans like or not. And for the record, I like it.