Illinois is targeting current Butler head coach Brad Stevens for the same position, according to the Chicago Tribune. Sources are telling the newspaper that Illinois is offering Stevens an eight-year deal worth $21 million.
Stevens said earlier in the week that neither he nor his representatives had heard from the Illini, who fired former coach Bruce Weber after the season.
"If they have, I don't know anything about it,” Stevens said, according to the report. “Nobody has called me. Here's how I spent my day -- I had individual meetings, I went fishing and I was just drawing chalk on the driveway with my daughter. I came in with all this fishing gear on and my wife told me my phone was blowing up." Stevens, 35, led Butler to back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Bulldogs missed the tournament this season.