Weber timeline

April 2003 — Hired to replace Bill Self as the 16th basketball coach at Illinois

May 2003 — Illinois commit Charlie Villanueva announces he will not attend Illinois

November 2003 — Luther Head, Rich McBride and Aaron Spears are suspended at the beginning of the season after both were arrested for burglary at a campus apartment

December 2003 — Tired of the continued talk and comparisons to Bill Self, Weber dresses in a black suit for game against Maryland Eastern Shore and declares it Bill Self's funeral

March 2004 — Leads Illinois to a 13-3 conference record and program wins first outright Big Ten championship since 1952

December 2004 — Fifth-ranked Illinois beats No. 1 Wake Forest 91-73 and ascends to No. 1 in the next week's poll and would remain No. 1 the rest of the season

March 2005 — Illini start the season 29-0 and win second consecutive outright Big Ten championship

March 2005 — Illini win Big Ten tournament championship, days after Weber's mother passes away, led by Most Outstanding Player James Augustine

March 2005 — Illinois erases a 15-point deficit in the final four minutes against Arizona in the regional championship game in Chicago to earn a berth in the Final Four for the first time since 1989

April 2005 — Consensus National Coach of the Year

April 2005 — Leads Illinois to the national championship game where the Illini would lose 75-70 to North Carolina in St. Louis

April 2005 — All-American guard Deron Williams passes on his final year of eligibility and enters the NBA draft

November 2005 — Receives verbal commitment from Indianapolis high school star Eric Gordon

March 2006 — After beating Air Force in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, Illinois loses to Washington in the second round in what would be the last games in the careers of Dee Brown and James Augustine

October 2006 — Weeks before he can sign his letter of intent, Eric Gordon reneges on his commitment to Illinois and instead commits to Indiana and second-year coach Kelvin Sampson

November 2006 — Winnetka Country Day freshman Jereme Richmond, a future McDonald's All-American, verbally commits to Illinois

February 2007 — Sophomore guard Jamar Smith is charged with felony DUI for leaving the scene of an accident that nearly claimed the life of teammate Brian Carlwell

September 2007 — Former Illini and Peoria native Jerrance Howard joins the coaching staff in a move that is expected to give Illinois recruiting a jolt

October 2007 — Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Joseph Bertrand give verbal commitments to Illinois in a class that would later include Tyler Griffey and go on to be ranked among the best in the country

December 2007 — Illinois loses at home to Tennessee State

July 2008 — Smith, who redshirted the 2007-08 season after his legal issues and alcohol counseling, is dismissed from the program after violating his probation

July 2008 — Already with verbals from Jereme Richmond and Crandall Head, Illinois gets a pledge from 7-footer Meyers Leonard to complete another highly regarded recruiting class

November 2009 — Illini lose consecutive games to Utah and in-state foe Bradley in Las Vegas

December 2010 — Illinois loses in Chicago to in-state for Illinois-Chicago

January 2011 — Jereme Richmond leaves the team for unspecified reasons and returns home to Waukegan. He meets Illini in Madison for a road game at Wisconsin

March 2011 — Richmond is suspended for violating Illinois' athletic code prior to the NCAA tournament

March 2011 — Illinois defeats UNLV and former Illini coach Lon Kruger in the NCAA tournament then would lose the following game to Kansas and former coach Bill Self

April 2011 — Weber announces that he had been contacted about the open coaching position at Oklahoma but stays at Illinois

April 2011 — Richmond, after a tumultuous freshman season, declares for the NBA draft

August 2011 — Mike Thomas replaces Ron Guenther as athletic director at Illinois

December 2011 — Unhappy with his role within the program, Crandall Head leaves the Illinois program

February 2012 — After a home loss to Purdue, Weber, in his postgame press conference, reflects on the mistakes he made at Illinois and says he coached all season not to lose

March 2012 — Illinois loses in opening round of the Big Ten tournament to Iowa, dropping to 17-15

March 2012 — Illinois calls press conference to announce Weber's firing

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bluehavana wrote on March 09, 2012 at 9:03 am

Marcus usually gives pretty realistic points of view.  So, I'm struck by one thing with his timeline...there is only one date in the timeline mentioning on court success after the 2006 season.


I know there were certain winning games like MSU and OSU this season.  I probably would have included the OSU game in this timeline.  However, once you read the timeline in front of your eyes, it really has been quite a while since Illini men's basketball has been a relevant entity.


I'm sorry Coach Weber will be leaving our community.  But, the off recruiting and on court performance have really made this situation what it is today.

eb88588 wrote on March 09, 2012 at 10:03 am

Crandall enrolled at DePaul?  Heard a rumor he was interested but never heard he enrolled and was attending class. can you back that up Marcus? O and add February2012 after Purdue loss that Weber said he didnt want his players, he wanted players on other teams, players from his own backyard that he did not pursue.  After that the boys quit, and thats all on Bruce.  Lets not try to sugar coat stuff, tell it like it really is for once. He was out of his league, had no respect from his players and wants us all to believe that making the ncaa's or being ranked in the top 25 are something that only happens every 5 or 6 years.  Bye Bubbles

PeterE wrote on March 09, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Crandall tweeted today he would be interested now in coming back to Illinois. Honest.

urbanaman wrote on March 09, 2012 at 9:03 pm

This just in - The Neww Englund Journal of Medicine has reported that there is irrefutable proof of long-term, negative effects from concussions in football players. They cite the Athletic Directorship of Ron Guenther and his football career at Illinois years earlier as a solid basis for their finding.