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UPDATED!! Bruce Weber NOT Leaving Illinois for Oklahoma

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Some interesting news this morning of reports that Illinois men's basketball head coach Bruce Weber could be on the move to be the next head coach at Oklahoma.

(Per The Norman Transcript)

"A well-placed college basketball source told the Transcript on Wednesday night that Illinois coach Bruce Weber has emerged as a viable candidate and there appears to be mutual interest."

Of course once these reports surfaced, Bruce Weber responded via text message to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

(Per St. Louis Post Dispatch)

"Weber responded in a text message to the Post-Dispatch after The Norman Transcript published an article that said Weber and Oklahoma appeared to have a mutual interest.

"Received interest calls from a few schools the last couple weeks,'' he wrote. "Other than that no real story or stories! Sorry!'"


Bruce Weber, who has been at Illinois the last eight seasons and led the Illini to the national championship game in 2005 and the NCAA Tournament in six of his eight seasons.  A record of 193-86 with a Big Ten conference record of 83-53 is Coach Bruce's tenure in Champaign.


Some conflicting tweets this morning from multiple sources with knowledge to the situation:

According to Steve Layman of NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, TN.....

(per twitter.com/stevelayman)

"I've hung back on this, but per multiple sources: Bruce Weber to be named next coach at Oklahoma.  According to multiple sources, there is a deal on the table for Bruce Weber to be the next coach at Oklahoma.  After failing to draw interest from Marquette's Buzz Williams or UNLV's Lon Kruger, OU's settled on Weber, who is frustrated at Illinois."

According to an old bio from his work at FOX23 in Tulsa, OK...Layman has the background to report on such a rumor.

"You can catch him in the studio anchoring Oklahoma's best each Saturday and Sunday or weekdays at a field or gym somewhere in Green Country.

Born and raised in Illinois, Steve comes to Fox 23 from WDWS-AM in Champaign, Illinois where he served as a sports radio talk show host and play-by-play announcer on the Illini Sports Network."

According to Dean Blevins of OKSPORTS.COM.....

"I was told ystrdy morn OU was hoping/planning 4 Fri press conf 2 name new coach. After striking out w/Buzz, appears 2 b BruceWeber, Illinois"


Could Bruce Weber be leaving Illinois?  Surely we will find out before the weekend is out.

-RoCk

John "Rock" Mamola is the Associate Producer of The Mully And Hanley Morning Show and Host of The Rock Report on 670AM WSCR The Score

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UPDATE:  11:00am (cst)

The Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine Tweets The Following:

"Here's our update on Bruce Weber and Oklahoma. Weber reiterates what he said last night, "No story."

Here is a link to Hine's Story on ChicagoBreakingSports.com

Editorial Note:  I believe this is simply Bruce Weber trying to use a little leverage to try and get some sort of extension or more money from the University of Illinois.  With one of his best recruiting classes on the way in, this could be a way to get the big paycheck in case things do not work out with another hyped group of recruits. 

Keep in mind too that his colleague on the football side of matters got a nice 250K raise after going 7-6 last football season.  Maybe Weber is a little jealous of that, and feels he deserves some more money from the University.

 
UPDATE 11:10am (cst)

According to IlliniHQ.com - Bruce Weber STAYING at the University of Illinois.

"Illinois SID Kent Brown told media after this morning's football practice that the school would have an announcement later today indicating Bruce Weber would remain as basketball coach at Illinois."

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