How bad have things gotten for Bruce Weber? News stories are no longer just asking if he’ll lose his job – but whether he’ll even be allowed to finish the season.
(The answer is yes, but still …)
Q: Will a coaching move be made early?
A: Don’t expect athletic director Mike Thomas to make any announcements before the end of the season. He’s continued to say he will assess the program when the season is done, and Thomas would put himself in a difficult spot in the future if he forces a move earlier.
Barring some kind of miracle run, a coaching change is expected. Let’s be clear on that. Nevertheless, it’s hard to see how a move during the season would do anything for the program. The Illini don’t have a staffer with any head coaching experience on the Division I level besides Weber.
And that’s going so well.