Bruce Weber made sure that his exit from Illinois was classy. The coach took out a full-page ad in the Champaign News Gazette to thank the Illini fans after his tenure there.
The ad has both the logos of Illinois and Kansas State, which recently hired Weber to replace Frank Martin.
“Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years. GO ILLINI & GO CATS! Coach Bruce Weber,” read the ad.
Weber’s firing certainly is understandable. He guided Illinois to the 2005 national championship game but won just two NCAA tournament games after that but it’s very rare for a coach to show this much grace on his way out the door.