Illini past, present react to Weber's firing

Past and present Illinois players reacted Friday to Bruce Weber’s firing on Twitter. Here’s what a number of them wrote:

Former player Deron Williams: “Everything happens for a reason praying for Coach Weber @Coachjhoward [Jerrance Howard] and the rest of the Illinois basketball staff... They will bounce back”

Former player Dee Brown: “I know how much Coach Weber loves his job, love basketball n loved coaching at the best school in the world its a sad day HES A GREAT COACH”

Former player Chester Frazier: “He works his butt off and lives and breathes basketball! And does things the right way! Will do better with tougher players who buy in”

Former player Trent Meacham: “Tough to see Coach Weber go. Great coach and even better man! He's not finished yet and will be successful at his next stop...”

Former player Richard McBride: “Wish I could of made it to the press conference! Much love coach! Can't say it enough”

Junior guard Brandon Paul: “[Gonna] miss Coach Weber..great coach but even a greater person...helped me out w/more than just basketball, will forever be grateful for that!”

Freshman forward Mike Shaw:

“Thanks for everything Coach Weber.. Didn't play a lot this year but learned a lot.. Appreciate everything. Continue to be a great person.” He added: “And good luck with what God has next for you, your family, and the staff. Will never forget everything we been through..”

Freshman forward Nnanna Egwu: “Emotional time for the University of Illinois bball program. Can only wish Coach Weber and his staff the best of luck. Appreciate it all”

Sophomore center Meyers Leonard: “Coach Weber will always have a special place in my heart. He was always there for me no matter what. He truly cares about people and” & “Taught me so much about life and lessons along the way to becoming a good person and he will always be a part of my life. #Love+Respect”

Junior guard D.J. Richardson: “Love coach weber taught me a lot on and off the court...... #Great #memories”

Freshman guard Tracy Abrams: “Thanks to coach weber i got the [opportunity] to play college ball, not only play but be a player. He helped me become the person that I am today. Feels weird to [know] he will not be back to coach me again”

Senior guard Sam Maniscalco: “Appreciate Coach Weber & the opportunity he gave me. Privileged and honored to say I played for such a great coach and even better person!”