Illini Wonk
Friday, March 11, 2005
  Bruce Weber to coach tomorrow
BREAKING NEWS: ESPN College Basketball Reporter said on the phone at the halftime of the Duke/Virginia game that Bruce Weber would coach Illinois' game tomorrow against Minnesota despite the death of his mother today.

In a released statement, Bruce Weber said My mother has been very influential in my life and career, and that is why I have decided to coach the team on Saturday, because that is what she would have wanted.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell has more on Coach Weber and why he will be on the sidelines [Saturday] afternoon. "Coaching means too much to the people in the Weber family," writes Burwell. He also discusses the decision of Bruce Weber's brother, David, to coach his high-school team Friday night. (Warning: if you are easily moved to tears and don't want to be...don't read this story).

As for the game tomorrow, the Illini are Pressing on, in grief. So are we.
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