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Guenther: McClain held Illini together

CORRECTS MCCLAIN'S AGE TO 60 - A  July 19, 2013, photo shows former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain at his home in Champaign, Ill. McClain, who was an assistant coach at Illinois from 2002 through 2012 and current Champaign Central High School head basketball coach, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at a local hospital after an unspecified illness. He was 60. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Robin Scholz) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Friends and colleagues described former Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain as a friend and father figure as he was mourned this past week. A former boss revealed McClain was the glue who held the Illini program together when coach Bill Self left for Kansas in 2003.

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Self, Weber expected at Wayne McClain funeral

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self walks ahead of NBA basketball player Deron Williams, left, and Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard, at a celebration of life ceremony for coach Wayne McClain in Champaign on Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. McClain was an assistant coach to both Self and Bruce Weber, head coach at Kansas State, when they were at Illinois.  McClain died on Oct. 15. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon) MANDATORY CREDIT

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had cancer until just before he died last week. Not even his brother Terry.

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Funeral set for basketball coach McClain

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A funeral for former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach and prep-coaching standout Wayne McClain is planned for Wednesday.

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