Unfortunately after the game, the Illini were not allowed to watch the Indiana vs. Minnesota game with an open mind because the entire team was wondering what was happening with their coach as he rushed out of the United Center and to the hospital to be with his mother who would eventually die due to the torn aorta that she sufferred before the game on Friday afternoon.
"Obviously, despite all the great things that have happened to our team this year, a day like today makes you realize the most important things in life, and that is your family. This has been a great loss to our family. My mother has been very influential in my life and career, and that is why I have decided to coach the team on Saturday, because that is what she would have wanted. I would like to thank everyone for keeping my family in their thoughts and prayers. I would like to also thank the staff at the United Center for their quick assistance and the fine medical staff, especially Dr. Higgins, at Rush University Medical Center for their outstanding care. My mother had a tremendous heart and she gave so much to so many people. I'll always love her for that."
"On behalf of the Illini family, I would like to express our deepest condolences to Coach Bruce Weber and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with him at this time."
"The entire campus community is incredibly sad at the passing of Coach Weber's mother. Our hearts go out Bruce and his family."