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Weber Out as Illini Coach

Weber coached the Illini for 9 years



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    MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 5: Head coach Bruce Weber of the Illinois Fighting Illini yells instructions to his team during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Kohl Center February 5, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 63-50. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bruce Weber

    It's not a huge surprise, but word out of Champaign, Illinois is that long-time Illini basketball coach Bruce Weber has been fired.

    A person familiar with the decision told the AP that the university moved on from Weber after nine seasons.

    The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been announced.

    The Illini lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, beaten by Iowa 64-61. It was a disappointing end to a disappointing season that in early January had the Illini in the Top 25 and atop the Big Ten. Illinois lost 12 of their last 14.

    Weber had led the Illini to the 2005 NCAA title game, losing to North Carolina. But Illinois has struggled the last three seasons.