Jack Keefer takes a jab at Bruce Weber

  • 09/02/2009 8:11 pm in

Bruce WeberIt’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to have a little fun at the expense of Bruce Weber. So it was with great enjoyment that we learned of comments made by Lawrence North coach Jack Keefer regarding Weber on The Drive with JMV on Wednesday afternoon.

Keefer, as you may know, has jumped to the defense of Lawrence North after the parents of Dominique Ferguson and Justin Martin were critical of the academic progress of their sons at the Indianapolis high school. Both Ferguson and Martin have transferred to prep schools.

Besides defending Lawrence North, Keefer also voiced his displeasure with college coaches steering kids in the direction of prep school:

“There’s two things I’m not liking right now. I don’t like when people cut my school. And I don’t like it when your colleges encourage people to go the prep route. Whether it’s an Xavier or whether it’s a Pitino, I don’t care where it’s at. The last two Mr. Basketball potential players out of Illinois have gone to Findlay Prep. Findlay Prep is a store front prep school in Las Vegas of all places. And Weber has sent them there from Illinois. I actually told Bruce, ‘I don’t know if I want you in my gym anymore. Because if you’re going to take my best players and do that with them, then I have to give you a gut check here.’ I’m just not sure that’s the plan. That’s not the plan the NCAA wants to be done, that’s not the plan the high schools want to be done. You’re getting into an area I’m just not comfortable with.

We applaud your honesty on this one, Coach Keefer.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Guys make sure you listen to the podcast of this interview. Keefer UNLOADS on these guys and does not bite his tongue. It was classic and he really really doesn't like Bruce! All the more reason to give him hell at AH this year……..

  • Diesel

    I also heard that Weber tried giving his motivational speech “the fist” at an LN open gym. That's probably why Jack is so ticked off. He's surely also ticked that a guy who sucks as much as Weber is coaching in the Big Ten.

  • hoosierboy

    Bruce has some studs commited to him for 2010 and 2011.

  • Diesel

    Yes he does, but he still sucks as a coach. “You guys are like a fist…..”

  • toddalan1975

    I would say that this guy is totally misinformed. Coach Weber never sent anyone to prep school. I would like to know who the second kid is that is or did go to findlay prep? Maybe if Indiana public schools knew what they were doing this wouldnt happen!

  • toddalan1975

    He sucks as a coach? How many final fours has your current coach been in. Indiana fans just need to worry about their coaches playing by the rules first!!

  • Diesel

    I got a comment from some Illini guy about finals fours and such, I'm guessing it got deleted.

    Maybe sucks is not a great word to use, perhaps deficient. Let us not waste time tracing Bruce's legacy as a coach, he is the equivalent of a Mike Davis.

  • I took care of the Illinois troll.

  • Illini2ff

    “but he still sucks as a coach”?

    I am a big Illini fan admittedly and also like and respect IU. The criticism of Coach Weber by some Illini fans has been his recruiting skills and personality, not his coaching skills or integrity. To suggest he sucks as a coach undermines your credibility as a poster IMO.

  • Diesel

    Trolling the IU blogs on a lazy Friday night, huh? Personally, I have no interest or desire to be on or even posting on any other college team blog than IU, but if you wanted to check one out, ITH would be the one. As far as credibility goes, I can't see how any poster not using their real name could be considered credible. I'm sure you have read all my posts to have some idea of my credibility, but then you weaken you take with an “IMO”. So I was having a little fun at the expense of your coach. On an IU website, I do not believe that does anything to my credibility, perhaps on an Illini site I would need to defend that statement.

    I later retracted my statement as I'm sure you saw below and recharacterized Bruce as deficient. I do not believe anyone would consider Weber in the upper echelon of Big Ten coaches, but he certainly wouldn't be in the bottom either. For me, Bruce needs to let go of the whining and do more coaching. Better pregame speeches too.

  • Diesel

    Trolling the IU blogs on a lazy Friday night, huh? Personally, I have no interest or desire to be on or even posting on any other college team blog than IU, but if you wanted to check one out, ITH would be the one. As far as credibility goes, I can't see how any poster not using their real name could be considered credible. I'm sure you have read all my posts to have some idea of my credibility, but then you weaken you take with an “IMO”. So I was having a little fun at the expense of your coach. On an IU website, I do not believe that does anything to my credibility, perhaps on an Illini site I would need to defend that statement.

    I later retracted my statement as I'm sure you saw below and recharacterized Bruce as deficient. I do not believe anyone would consider Weber in the upper echelon of Big Ten coaches, but he certainly wouldn't be in the bottom either. For me, Bruce needs to let go of the whining and do more coaching. Better pregame speeches too.