Intensified Scrutiny Frustrates Weber

The coach today said that scrutiny was far more focused -- and unrealistic -- than it would have been in years past because of the Internet.

The Illini finished the season with 23 wins and 12 losses, but lost to Virginia Tech in the first round of the N-C-A-A Tournament.

Some fans wrote online that the combination of that loss and the arrests of two Illini players on drunk driving-related charges should cost Weber his job. They were joined by news-media commentators and talk radio hosts.

Weber says he loves coaching at Illinois. But he says the expectation among some fans that every team should reach the Final Four is unrealistic.

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