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Kansas State’s Bruce Weber Deserves to Win the Big 12 Coach of the Year Award

Brendan Maloney-USA Today Sports

After a late season collapse at the tail end of the 2011-12 season, the Illinois Fighting Illini made the decision to let go of head coach Bruce Weber.

Upon Frank Martin‘s departure for South Carolina, Kansas State found themselves searching for a new man and when the dust settled from their coaching search it was Weber who had been selected.

As the coaching carousel goes round and round, it’s clear that sometimes a change of scenery is all that is needed. For Weber, that may have been exactly it. Or, maybe he can just credit the production of star guard Rodney McGruder.

Either way, Weber has done a terrific job in his first season at Kansas State. With uncertain expectations following Martin’s departure, the Wildcats have responded with an incredible campaign here in 2012-13. If the Wildcats, as expected, take care of TCU at home on Tuesday night, then they will once again throw themselves within a tie atop the conference standings with who else but, the Kansas Jayhawks.

As Kansas pursues its ninth consecutive conference title, head coach Bill Self also once again makes a case for himself as the top dog in the conference. However, given the leeway and the uncertain expectations, Weber is the one who is deserving of the Big 12 Coach of the Year award. The job he has done with K-State in such a short amount of time is simply remarkable.

Entering Tuesday’s contest, Kansas State has won five consecutive games and nine of their last ten overall.

 

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