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Kansas State’s Bruce Weber Shoots Down Retirement Rumors

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Kansas

Is Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber retiring? No. But because someone said he might on social media, someone had to ask him about it at the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday.

Kansas State fell to No. 1 seed Baylor, 74-68, on Thursday, ending the Wildcats’ season. K-State played one of its best games of the season against the No. 2-ranked Bears.

During the post-game media session, Weber talked about the rigors of a season playing with COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, saying the season was stressful. In fact, he mentioned that at 2 a.m. after the win over TCU on Wednesday night that he ‘cramped up.’

That led to this question asked by a reporter:

Q. You just mentioned there a second ago the stress of the season and how arduous this has been at times. At this stage in your career, is retirement anything that you mull over or consider in the off-season?

 

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Weber, who will be 65 years old at the start of next season, had an answer, and it involves his daughter and some ‘dude’ on social media.

“It’s funny, my daughter asked me this the other day. She said, ‘Dad are you retiring?’ I said, ‘No, why?’ And she said some — I don’t know who it is, some dude on social media said I was retiring. I asked his name and I never even heard of the guy, to be honest.

“She deals with social media all the time because she’s in advertising and she said he was verified or checked. I don’t know what the heck that means. I guess he must have a lot of people following. I don’t know if he knows something I don’t know. I’m not sure.

“But I think — I don’t know, I love coaching, I love practice, I love being around the guys. I love their development. I think we’ve improved as much as any team in the country. I think that — we were so low I guess we better have improved.

“But I love coaching, being around players, so I’m looking forward to next year. I can’t wait. Give them a couple weeks off and hopefully we get back at it.”

Earlier this season Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said he expected Weber to be back next season. Sounds like Weber expects to be back, too.

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