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Weber Will Begin Search for Next Job Soon
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Bruce Weber says he's relieved he didn't have to wait that long to find out his fate at Illinois, and that he'll start looking for a new job soon.

The former Fighting Illini coach was in Indianapolis to watch the Big Ten tournament semifinals Saturday and spoke to The Associated Press at halftime of the Michigan State-Wisconsin game. Weber was seated about 10 rows behind the Michigan State bench.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo passionately defended Weber and criticized Illinois officials for firing one of his friends.

But Weber says he knew the firing was coming, that he's already taken some phone calls about other jobs and that he would prefer to continue working in the Midwest.

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