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Big 12 Coaches Talk about Bruce Weber’s Resignation at K-State

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Weber resigned as head coach of the Kansas State Wildcats on Thursday. Here’s what other coaches at the Big 12 Tournament had to say about Weber.

“I don’t know if there’s a better man in college basketball, what he’s done. He’s a great coach, a great person and a dear friend, too. And he did an unbelievable job at Kansas State. He’s had a great career, a great career. And he did it the right way.

 

TCU head coach Jamie Dixon

“I think coach Weber is a hall of famer. Southern Illinois. Took a team to the Final Four at Illinois. And what he did at Kansas State has never been done before. He won the league twice, he made an Elite Eight, did it the right way. … He’s a coach’s coach. The game is better because Coach Weber was a part of it. I think he’ll coach again. I hope he coaches again.”

Texas head coach Chris Beard

“The reality of coaching is that you have to win enough games in order to keep your job. I thought Bruce did a terrific job over a decade. I’m not surprised there was a change. But having said that, Bruce is one of the most decent human beings in coaching. He’s a man of great character and ethics. And, overall, the fact that he won the championships that he won and took his teams to the NCAA Tournament, I think he can rest his head on his pillow well at night.”

ESPN commentator and former coach Fran Fraschilla

“I’ve just got a lot of respect for Bruce. I’ve known Bruce for a long, long time, back to his Purdue days. Gene (Keady) was a good friend of mine and Bruce worked for him. Bruce is just a heck of a basketball coach. I don’t think he gets near the credit he deserves for what he does. His kids play extremely hard and they’re very well coached. I just told him how much I appreciate him.”

 

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins

“This time of year everyone in our profession feels a little bit of pressure, a little bit of stress and it can be emotional. I go through that as well. I have enjoyed competing against his teams. I never thought it was him against me, but I’ve enjoyed my players playing against his players. He did a good job in Manhattan and I wish him well whatever the next step is for him.”

Kansas head coach Bill Self

“I’m obviously disappointed for him. I’ve gotten to know Bruce personally, since I’ve been a head coach, and he’s been a great resource for me. He’s a tremendous person. He is a tremendous basketball coach, and he’s made me better as a coach. And obviously, this is a results-oriented business. But I just wish people would understand how hard it is to win consistently, particularly at this level, with these young guys. Bruce did it the right way and I hope this isn’t his last stop. I think he wants to coach and I know if he does, he’ll have an opportunity. But if this is it, then he’ll leave the game having made it better and with his integrity intact.”

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton Jr.

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