I just watched the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team blow a 13 point lead over the last four minutes of tonight’s NCAA Tournament game against Virgina Tech. Fire Bruce Weber now. We all knew he couldn’t recruit, but now I’m questioning whether or not he can coach at all.
The Illini had the game in hand. They f’ing choked. Yes, VT stepped up the defensive pressure mightily and their press stifled Chester Fraizer and company, but c’mon guys, this is the Big Dance. Play like it.
When Bruce Weber left Southern Illinois to come to the U of I, I thought it was a good move. Looking back, however, Southern seems to be doing just fine without him around (a #4 seed this year with a damn fine team). Former Illini coach Bill Self is also doing fine, mainly because he can recruit the best kids in the country to go to Kansas with barely more than a phone call. And to think that the A.D. at Illinois wouldn’t even interview current Ohio State Thad Matta when the position was vacant. Dumbass. Fire Bruce Weber now.
I thought that when the bracket was announced for this year’s NCAA Tournament that Illinois was better than a #12 seed, but I was proved wrong. Fellow Illini fans, we need to take notice of this. The #12 seed the team got this year is probably as good as it gets for the foreseeable future. The cupboard is bare and it’s only going to get worse. Mark my words: Illinois will not be part of 2008’s March Madness. Fire Bruce Weber now.