Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Pictured: Bruce Weber attempting to raise the roof shortly before his players had to tell him, "Coach, people stopped doin' that in, like, 2005."
A 2005 New York Times profile on Weber begins with the observation that a preteen Bruce had surgery to remove polyps from his throat. The doctor's subsequent advice was not to enter a career that required much public speaking or yelling.
Those instructions were obviously very well heeded, indeed.
Weber will employ that gravelly voice to great effect, both in working the referees and in motivating his own troops.
The Wildcats were on both ends of epic comebacks in Weber's first season. A pivotal win over Florida was almost blown after KSU gave away a double-digit lead, but K-State hung on for the win.
In the NCAA tournament, Kansas State went down 18 to La Salle but rallied to lead with less than three minutes left. While La Salle would finish off the victory, K-State's comeback was impressive merely in that it happened.
Compared to Weber's KSU predecessor Frank Martin, just about anybody would look docile and mild-mannered. Weber surprised his new players by actually getting himself ejected from a game during a summer tournament in Brazil.
From there, the Wildcats took their coach's motivation all the way to a piece of the Big 12 title.