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Eric Loy, Sports Director at Neuhoff Media Danville, brings you news from the Fighting Illini Football & Basketball teams, along with news from other Fighting Illini Sports.

Bruce Weber out as coach

-AD Mike Thomas apparently doesn't mess around. Hours after the Illini mens' basketball team was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament in the first round, Bruce Weber texted Andy Katz of ESPN to confirm that he was removed as coach. A news conference is scheduled for the morning at 11 AM, we will have it on WDAN.

-Unfortunately, the numbers speak for themselves. A horrible collapse in the second half of the season heralded in the bells of doom for Coach Weber. In my opinion, for himself and for the program, this was the right move to make. Weber is a good man, and very open (sometimes too much so) to the public and very active in the community and with charities. He will not be out of work long.

-When you hear the triumphant cries of the long-time Weber-bashers, remember where they are coming from. Most of the hard-core anti-Weber crowd had their biases set on strange reasoning. Some thought Weber shouted too much, some thought he threw his athletes under the bus too regularly.

-One former internet reporter turned internet stalker after one of the assistant coaches caught him in false reporting. After that, he lost his job with one of the websites as his bias soured his work. Since, he went to the blogsites and message boards with vindictive skewed stories and outright lies. Some of the anti-Weber crowd picked up those rantings as facts and repeated them until more people believed them.

-No idea yet whether the Illini will even make the NIT. No idea who would coach. 

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