Mar 31, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT
Kansas State didn’t waste any time finding its replacement for Frank Martin, hiring former Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Weber’s record (210-101 in nine seasons, including a spot in the 2005 national title game) makes him one of the most accomplished coaches the school’s ever hired.
Not that it impressed the school’s career scoring leader.
Weber, who signed a five-year, $8.5 million contract, also heard catcalls from various fans who’d been hoping to support another guy. Not one recently fired from another job.
“Give me a chance,” Weber said at his press conference. “It doesn’t matter where you go or which coach you hired, there was always going to be a question mark. There’s no doubt about that. That’s part of college sports.”
Weber’s coaching credentials are solid, but there are questions about his recruiting ability – he never fully tapped the Chicago area – and his final season at Illinois – 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten, including a mess of a final month.
He won’t need to come in and pull a Frank Haith and be the national coach of the year, but there’s little doubt K-State expects Weber to continue where Martin left off. He never won less than 21 games and always had a winning record in the Big 12.
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