Report: Illinois Making Serious Run At Butler Coach Brad Stevens
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.