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What they’re saying about Weber at K-State

By Cole Manbeck

    “Bruce Weber, in my opinion, is one of the top five coaches in the nation. I am so happy for Bruce and his family, and I feel proud and lucky as a K-State alum to have him as the coach of my alma mater.”
— Gene Keady, former Purdue coach and K-State graduate

    “No doubt Bruce Weber is a perfect fit for the K-State basketball program. He is a proven winner, tireless recruiter and man of great integrity. K-State hit a home run with the hiring of Bruce Weber and the Wildcat Nation will be pleased with the direction of the program for years to come.”
— Steve Lavin, St. John’s coach

    “This is a terrific hire for Kansas State. He has never stopped being a tremendous coach, and this is a win-win situation for both K-State and Weber.”
— Andy Katz, ESPN college
basketball analyst/writer

    “I support kstate for life no matter what but I’m not a Bruce Webber fan and I think Kstate can do a lot better.”
— Jacob Pullen, former
K-State guard, via Twitter

    “Bruce Webber didn’t think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don’t think he is good enough to coach at Kansas State.”
— Jacob Pullen, former
K-State guard, via Twitter

“I hope it’s just a rumor son. That should be Brad job man.”
— Jamar Samuels, former
K-State forward, on Twitter in response to Pullen on former assistant Brad Underwood

    “Bruce is an incredible, incredible person. He does things the right way. He’s won more games as a percentage than anybody. He’s beat me and my team more often than not. I’ve recruited against him and lost, and I’ve recruited against him and won, and (it) hasn’t changed things.”
— Tom Izzo,
Michigan State coach

  “Bruce Weber is one of the elite coaches in college basketball and I commend the Kansas State administration on the hire. Not only will Bruce continue the upward trend that has been going on there, but the people in the community will love he and Megan.
    “He is one of the really good guys in our business and I applaud John Currie for this hire. The student-athletes, the university community and the K-State fan base will be thrilled when they have the chance to find out what the people in the business already know – that Bruce Weber is a great coach and an even better person.”
— Kevin Stallings,
Vanderbilt coach

    “Bruce is a great coach and he’s a better person. If it wasn’t for him and Coach Keady, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve learned a lot of basketball and I’ve learned a lot about life and how to treat people from Coach Weber. You’re not going to find a better guy.”
— Matt Painter, Purdue coach

    “Coach Weber is a great coach and a loyal guy.”
— Deron Williams,
New Jersey Nets guard and
former Illinois star

    “I think this is a great hire. Bruce Weber is an outstanding basketball coach, and I think he will do a really nice job at K-State.”
— Jay Bilas, ESPN college
basketball analyst

    “I am happy for Coach Weber. He is an outstanding coach and a great recruiter. The guys are going to play hard for him. This is going to be a team that will be an immediate force in the Big 12.”
— Hubert Davis, ESPN college basketball analyst

    “Bruce is a good coach and a better man. I wish they would have talked to me, but I am not offended in any way. I think it is a really good hire.”
— Doug Gottlieb, ESPN college basketball analyst,
who said he had interest in the K-State opening

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