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Bruce Weber Resigns as Kansas State Basketball Coach

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The K-State Wildcats are moving on from head basketball coach Bruce Weber, as the head coach announced his resignation on Thursday morning.

Weber finished his third-straight disappointing season on Wednesday, losing to West Virginia, 73-67, in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. The Wildcats finished the 2021-22 regular season with a 14-17 record, while going 6-11 in Big 12 play, including a six-game losing streak to end the season.

After the game, Weber spent seven minutes talking about his decade-long stint with the Wildcats, even though there was no official news about his job status.

The Wildcats are now three years removed from their last postseason appearance, their last winning record and their last home crowd of at least 10,000 fans.

 

Even though Weber resigned, Kansas State will honor the terms of his buyout. According to the Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett, that buyout is $1 million.

Weber finishes his career with the Wildcats with an overall record of 184-147, which is the third-most total wins in program history, and he also ranks third among K-State coaches in league championships (two).

As for the postseason, he led the Wildcats to five NCAA Tournament appearances during his first seven years on the job, including the memorable 2018 Elite Eight run.

While any head coaching job in the Big 12 is not easy, Weber has struggled mightily since the Elite Eight run, finishing last or second-to-last in the league each of the last three seasons.

At 65 years old, Weber closes his third stint as a head coach, as he’s also led programs at Southern Illinois, Illinois and now K-State. The highlight of his career came when he led Illinois to the 2005 National Championship Game, where they lost to North Carolina 75-70.

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