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September 7, 2022 @ 12:04 PM

I think two things can be true at the same time 1) That Mike Thomas treated Zook and Weber unfairly so that he could replace them with "his guys" and 2) That you can justify letting Zook and Weber go after their respective performances.

Remember when Tom Izzo spent a press conference poop-talking Mike Thomas over the firing of Weber? Just because you ultimately reached the right decision (Zook/Weber needed to go) does not mean you reached that decision properly; or that Thomas didn't engage in a little self-sabotage. I think there is a difference in being honest and saying Illinois is a program that should be getting great/flashy recruits, making the NCAA tournament and competing for B1G championships (similar to what Underwood is doing and what Groce tried and ultimately failed to do) and that Weber's version of the program doesn't match that vision.

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