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Illinois' late-season slide costs Weber his job; firing costs Illini $3.9M

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 9:24 am | Updated: 1:20 pm, Fri Mar 9, 2012.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois fired Bruce Weber on Friday, letting go of a fiery coach whose first three years with the Illini included a run to the national championship game before a long, lackluster slide the past six years that culminated with a 17-15 mark this season.

“Bruce is everything you’d want as a coach,” athletic director Mike Thomas said at a news conference that Weber did not attend. “We had great success here but in the last four or five years, I don’t know if you want to say (that) we’re running in place, or maybe even digressed.”

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