Ex-Illini coach Bruce Weber gets extension at Kansas State

Ex-Illini coach Bruce Weber gets extension at Kansas State
April 16, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Bruce Weber is doing a fine job at Kansas State. At least that's how the school feels.

Kansas State announced a one-year contract extension for Weber, the former Illini coach, on Wednesday, one that will keep him in the job through 2019.

For those interested in the financials, per the K-State release:

"The additional year to his current contract secures Weber’s services through April 30, 2019. Compensation remains the same per an extension signed in April 2013 and includes a salary of $2.25 million for the additional year during the 2018-19 season. Weber’s annual salary will be $1.85 million for the 2014-15 season and increases by $100,000 for each remaining year per his original 5-year contract ($1.95 million in 2015-16, $2.05 million in 2016-17, $2.15 million in 2017-18 and $2.25 million in 2018-19)."

In two seasons, Weber has led the Wildcats to a 47-21 record, including two NCAA tournament appearances. In a somewhat eerily coincidence, the only other coach in K-State history to take the Wildcats to the Big Dance in each of his first two seasons is Lon Kruger, another former Illini head coach. (Cue "The Twilight Zone" theme.)

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Weber's successor at Illinois, John Groce, has earned many positive reviews but has led the Illini to just one NCAA tournament appearance in his two years on the job in Champaign.

Early success has been a recurring theme, now, for Weber. As you'll recall, it was he who led the Illini to the 2005 national title game in his second year on the job. He spent nine years helming the Illinois program and made six NCAA tournament appearances, including each of his first four seasons.

“I’m appreciative of the type of support that President (Kirk) Schulz and John (Currie) have given me and my coaching staff with this extension,” Weber said in the school's release. “A significant part of building a successful program is continuity, and this type of commitment ensures that we have all the parts necessary to continue to build upon what we have accomplished the last two seasons. The success we have had is a direct reflection of the hard work and sacrifice of our players and coaches. I could not be more proud to be associated with them and look forward to even more success in the future.”