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  • Bruce Weber addresses his future

  • During a teleconference just after noon on Friday, Illinois coach Bruce Weber answered some pressing questions about his post-game press conference Wednesday created more news than the action on the court. The Illini face Nebraska on Saturday.

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  • CHAMPAIGN -- During a teleconference just after noon on Friday, Illinois coach Bruce Weber answered some pressing questions about his post-game press conference Wednesday created more news than the action on the court. The Illini face Nebraska on Saturday.
    Q: Do you need a strong finish to save your job?
    Weber: "I haven't even thought about it, to be honest. I love Illinois. I want to be the coach here. I want to finish my career here. Do I want to do better? No doubt about it. There's my disappointment and frustration.
    "I know I'm a good coach. I've done it for a long time. I've been part of championships and done things here at Illinois that no one else has done. I hope I can get through to these guys. That's my whole thing in life.
    "One of the most rewarding things was the hundreds of texts, emails from fans, former coaches and colleagues. To be honest, sometimes it got tears in your eyes because of the things people said. It was so positive.''
    Q: Have you thought about resigning?
    Weber: "That's not even a question I will address, to be honest. What has happened? We're 16-10. We're still in the NCAA field. (ESPN still had the Illini as a No. 12 seed.) We've had some tough losses. That's way beyond. ...
    "Hopefully, we can get this turned around.''
    Q: How did the team react to your comments after the loss to the Boilermakers?
    Weber: During the practice session Thursday, "I asked them have any guys heard the press conference? Some said, 'We heard some of the things you talked about.' What was my message. They said that we need to be tougher. I said exactly right. That was my whole message.
    "Who did I mainly blame? They said, 'You always take the blame for everything, coach. The problem is it's us that needs to take the blame and take accountability and do something.' That was about all that was said about it.''
    John Supinie can be reached at Johnsupinie@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnSupinie.
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