Bruce Weber Enjoying Ride With Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State faces Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.

Bernstein & McKnight Show
March 20, 2018 - 3:22 pm
Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber

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(670 The Score) Bruce Weber counted 142 flights on American Airlines as he went out recruiting last year. There were destinations all over, from Florida and South Carolina to New York and Baltimore.

It's all part of the grind for a coach in college basketball trying to attract prospective players to his program, and the travel aspect is underscored even more when you're leading a Kansas State team located in a remote area when it comes to acquiring talent. That knowledge is also what makes Weber appreciate the run his Wildcats have gone on to the Sweet 16 in this NCAA Tournament. 

After all, you have to savor the good times.

"In this coaching profession, I'm not sure you can stay very long at a place anymore because the social media's going to get to you, faceless opinions are going to get to you," Weber said on the Bernstein and McKnight Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday. "I think it's almost a good thing. Lon Kruger figured it out a long time ago -- five (years) and go, five and go. 

"The part I got into coaching, I want to stay at a place. I love the relationships. I still got relationships with our guys 38, 39 years ago at Purdue. I know their kids, their grandkids now. That's why I got into it. But when you keep changing programs, it's hard to keep up with everybody.

"When you keep moving, it's hard to keep up with those relationships. I wish I could even do a better job with it."

Weber, 61, is working his sixth season as head coach at Kansas State, having previously led Illinois and Southern Illinois. He guided the Fighting Illini to the national championship game in 2004-'05, his second season in Champaign, and led the program to six NCAA Tournament berths in nine years before his dismissal in 2012.

By defeating 16th-seeded UMBC on Sunday night, Kansas State reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in Weber's tenure. It's a program he has found enjoyable leading during these six years in Manhattan, Kansas.

"K-State's a great place," he said. "I'm very, very fortunate. It's got great people. It's not an easy job recruiting-wise. Our population, you have probably double the people in Chicago than in our whole state of Kansas.

"You've got great people. It's a great family atmosphere. What Bill Snyder has done here, it's amazing. It's one of the great stories in college athletics."

Ninth-seeded Kansas State will face fifth-seeded Kentucky in Atlanta at approximately 8:37 p.m. CT on Thursday.