Bruce Weber returned for the Illini Basketball Banquet - Tracy Abrams named team MVP

Weber: 'It was my obligation to come back'

The central figure of the event -- former coach Bruce Weber -- admitted he initially didn't want to return for the banquet. But the new Kansas State coach said he accepted the invitation because of the players he recruited and coached before being fired March 9.

"I felt it was my obligation to come back for them," said Weber, the Illini coach for nine seasons.

Really, the atmosphere inside the Holiday Inn ballroom summed up the last half-decade of Illinois basketball: never boring, at times uncomfortable and certainly dramatic.

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