Team preview: Illinois

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 30, 2005, 2:51 AM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

His feet clip-clop against new wood floors as Bruce Weber crosses his newly expanded office at Illinois' Ubben Basketball Complex. On the wall hangs a sleek new flat-screen plasma TV.

"I didn't ask for any of this," Weber said, glancing around at his nearly doubled space. "This was all Guenther."

Guenther is Ron Guenther, Illinois' athletic director. And it isn't hard to see why he'd be generous in rewarding his head basketball coach.


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