Weber arrived after leading Southern Illinois to back-to-back Missouri Valley titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. The 2002 Salukis made a memorable run to the Sweet 16.
His first two seasons at Illinois were very successful. The 2004 Fighting Illini advanced to the Sweet 16 and he led them to their best season in school history in 2005. They finished the year 37-2 and lost to North Carolina in the National Championship game. Illinois has not advanced past the second round since.
Critics would say that Weber has been unable to succeed with his own recruits. Those two NCAA runs occurred with Bill Self’s players. Many Illini fans are upset that Weber has been unable to convince local talents like Derrick Rose and Jon Scheyer to stay home.
If Illinois missed the NCAA Tournament this season, it will be the third time in five years they’ve been left out. That fact and that Weber seems to be losing his players could ultimately be his undoing.
Last month, Weber said, “The sad thing about the whole thing I guess is it's my fault...Instead of creating toughness and developing a team, I coached not to lose all year. It's sad to be honest, but it is what is."
After starting 10-0 against a mostly easy schedule, the Illini now sit at 17-12. They had lost nine of 10 before defeating Iowa at the end of February.
With Southern Illinois also having a subpar season, it's possible Weber could wind up back at SIU.