Bruuuuce loses an assistant and a recruit

  • 09/07/2007 12:31 pm in

Bruce WeberUnder the category of “I’m glad that didn’t happen to IU” comes the news that Mason County (KY) wing Darius Miller has committed to Kentucky.

Miller had been heavily recruited by Illinois and their former assistant coach, Tracy Webster. At one point there were rumors that Illinois was leading for Miller.

However, a funny thing happened this week when Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie poached Webster from the Illini and then received a verbal commitment from Miller just two days later.

Our good friend Jody Demling from the Louisville Courier-Journal breaks it down:

His commitment comes just two days after news broke that UK is planning to hire former Illinois coach Tracy Webster as its third assistant coach. Webster was a key factor in Miller’s interest in Illinois until recent weeks.

“I think that was a factor,” Brian Miller said. “But also he really liked and felt comfortable with Gillispie and his staff. He just felt very comfortable.”

So yeah, not only is Bruce losing major recruits left and right, he’s now losing assistant coaches. Is there any doubt that the Illini program is full blown Titanic mode?

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  • TerryIU

    you almost start to feel bad for poor Bruceeee…..not

  • TerryIU

    you almost start to feel bad for poor Bruceeee…..not

  • Tim

    I have no sympathy for Illinois or Weber, but I am sure not happy for Kentucky either. Would have prefered UofL or someone else to get Miller. It’s nice something went against Illinois but bad something worked out for UK.

  • Tim

    I have no sympathy for Illinois or Weber, but I am sure not happy for Kentucky either. Would have prefered UofL or someone else to get Miller. It’s nice something went against Illinois but bad something worked out for UK.

  • kelin

    I do not see how Weber keeps his job after this year. He either needs to go or his staff cause he is getting KILLED in recruiting. In fact to they have any guys signed for 08 or 09?

  • kelin

    I do not see how Weber keeps his job after this year. He either needs to go or his staff cause he is getting KILLED in recruiting. In fact to they have any guys signed for 08 or 09?

  • kelin

    I do not see how Weber keeps his job after this year. He either needs to go or his staff cause he is getting KILLED in recruiting. In fact to they have any guys signed for 08 or 09?

  • Glenn

    Couldn’t happen to a better group of fans.

  • Glenn

    Couldn’t happen to a better group of fans.

  • i agree with glenn. of all th fan bases in the big 10, i have the least sympathy for illinois. some fan bases have the right to gloat and act as arrogant as they please. illinois is not one of them. maybe this season will be their reality check.

  • i agree with glenn. of all th fan bases in the big 10, i have the least sympathy for illinois. some fan bases have the right to gloat and act as arrogant as they please. illinois is not one of them. maybe this season will be their reality check.

  • Dan

    Wow, I never thought UK could give me a reason to smile. Way to go Billy G.

  • Dan

    Wow, I never thought UK could give me a reason to smile. Way to go Billy G.

  • Newt

    Makes the EJ recruitment look like a nursery rhyme. I expect the negative publicity for UK that we got once Gordon committed to IU. What a dirty deal between the the two lowliest programs in the nation: Illinois and Kentucky.

  • Newt

    Makes the EJ recruitment look like a nursery rhyme. I expect the negative publicity for UK that we got once Gordon committed to IU. What a dirty deal between the the two lowliest programs in the nation: Illinois and Kentucky.

  • Newt

    Makes the EJ recruitment look like a nursery rhyme. I expect the negative publicity for UK that we got once Gordon committed to IU. What a dirty deal between the the two lowliest programs in the nation: Illinois and Kentucky.