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Bruce Weber looking to 'move on'

Bruce Weber said Thursday he was moving on with his life and was ready for his next destination after being fired earlier this month by Illinois.

Weber was fired after nine years as Illinois' head basketball coach on March 9.

Since then, he has put his house in Champaign on the market and done NCAA tournament commentary -- for CBS last week and Comcast SportsNet Chicago this week.

"Someone said to me and it really struck me, I got to live my own wake," Weber said in a phone conversation. "I was eulogized week after week, but I'm still alive. You got to move on with life."


A source with knowledge of the coaching search at Southern Illinois said earlier in the week Weber had been offered the school's vacant coaching position. Both Weber and SIU athletic director Mario Moccia denied that claim.

Weber said in a phone conversation on Thursday that he would like to coach somewhere next season and has been contacted regarding a few positions. He wouldn't go into detail what opportunities he may have.

"I love coaching," Weber said. "I love kids. I just got to make sure it's the right spot. I need to see if there's something good for me. I hope to be coaching next year. We'll just have to wait and see.

"I've talked to a lot of people. I wouldn't say anything is concrete."

One of the toughest parts of this transition process for Weber has been getting rid of all his Illinois belongings.

"It's hard because it's probably 60 percent, 70 percent of my wardrobe," Weber said. "My wife and family were here for nine years. I've donated a lot of stuff to charity groups in the community. I kept a few orange ties because it's still a good color you can wear."

Weber has donated more than 35 autographed ties and other items to be auctioned off on eBay with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer. The items can be found by searching "Coaches vs. Cancer Bruce Weber" on eBay.

"After you're going to be gone, I just looked in my closet," Weber said. "I think I had 70 orange ties. What do you do with them? Along the way, people have always commented about ties. A lot of the ties have been sent to me from all over the world.

"What's the best thing? Use it for charity. We're proud of what did on the court, proud of what we did in the classroom and proud of what we did with charities."

Weber was unsure where life would take him next.

"It's fine, it's hard," Weber said. "There's the uncertainty of what you're doing and where you're going in life. It's hard to deal with. It's been more stressful (the last few weeks). We got to sell our house and get that cleaned up. We worked pretty much night and day the last week to get that ready. I don't know where we'll move to. We have no idea."

Weber said he's had thousands of people contact him since leaving Illinois and has been grateful for all of their support.

"Literally, thousands of texts," Weber said. "I think our secretary said we have over a thousand emails, cards, flowers. People brought cookies to the house. People are continually coming up to me around the community. It makes you feel like you made an impact."