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Kansas State’s ‘Intention’ is to Bring Back Bruce Weber Next Season

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The Kansas State Wildcats are rolling through another very difficult season under head coach Bruce Weber. Mostly recently, the Wildcats lost to Texas A&M 68-61 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. K-State is now 5-13 on the season and just 1-8 in Big 12 play.

But as the ugly basketball continues at Kansas State, don’t expect to see major changes any time soon.

According to athletic director Gene Taylor, Kansas State’s “intention” is to bring back Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber for the 2021-22 basketball, per a conversation with The Mercury.

Taylor also preached patience with the fan base who wants Weber gone, adding, “It’s a young team. With the conference as strong as it is and with COVID and everything we’re dealing with, it was going to be a challenging season. We knew that. It’s probably been more challenging than we anticipated, but I think we have to take all of that into consideration.”

 

Taylor also did defend Weber when it came to Weber’s history and track record, saying, “But they have to take all these things into account about the difficulties of this year, the youth of the team, the fact that we do have a talented team. Yes, Bruce has had his ups and his downs, but he’s won two conference championships, been to the Elite Eight and been to (five) NCAA Tournaments. He does everything the right way. Bruce cares a lot about these kids and this program.”

Also, budgets are a reality in possibly keeping Weber around, as Kansas State has to cut operation expenses by 10% due to COVID-19, which is about $2 million. Weber took a pay cut this season of 13%, down from $2.7 million to $2.35 million.

All Kansas State Athletics employees making more than $150,000 per year took a 10% pay cut and those with salaries between $100,000 and $150,000 took a 5% reduction in pay.

Weber’s current deal is set to expire following the 2022-23 season after most recently signing a two-year extension following Kansas State’s run to the Elite 8 in 2018.

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