Never heard of him ? Well who has he played four years at Illinois scored a career high 4 three time . And yet if you get him you may win it all . Illinois knows this before they fired Weber they talked to him , Then to make sure no one else could they named him the interim coach . Even though both the other assistants are more Qualified to lead them if they get in the NIT. Why because either Illinois is going to give him the Head coaching job or keep him as the top assistant to lure in a Smart or Stevens.
He holds all the cards Tracy Abrahms , Meyers Leonard and Brandon Pual of the current players . Jabari Parker, Malcohm Hill and Jalene James 2013 recruits . Weber had to fight to keep him over the past few years from the likes of MSU and Kentucky . He is a top recruiter and by all accounts not much more . If the Illini lose him they lose Chicago . Keep him and bring in a highly rated coach and the beat goes on . I think the Illini will try and hire a Top notch coach while stringing Howard along to keep him . If he leaves I am sure many top programs will write a blank check to get him .
The untold story of Weber is connected to him . When ever Weber got on a player to produce it was Howard whom would go and prop up the players ego . He is their buddy and they all sing his praises . A coach who is always on their side . Who wouldn't want to play for this great guy . A coaching staff devided won't produce as Illinois proved . Did Bruce forget how to coach ? Or did he lose control of his staff and team . And yet in this new ERA of recruiting Howard is wanted by many . But not by me . Just my take on this and yes I love Bruce 18 years he gave Purdue .