Found March 23, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
After swinging and missing on Shaka Smart, the University of Illinois has gone full throttle after Butler head coach Brad Stevens. Multiple sources confirm that there has been contact between Stevens and the University. There is confirmed interest on Illinois’ part, but no confirmed interest on Stevens’ part- yet. So everyone settle down! Yes, negotiations between the two parties have begun, and there’s even tweets/rumors about private jets being flown from Champaign to Indianapolis, but no deal is close to being signed yet. So everyone chill out. But we can look at why, and why not this deal would make sense for Stevens and Illinois. What Stevens brings to the table: In five seasons leading Butler, he missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the 2011-12 season. During his tenure as head coach, has amassed a 179-139 record (.777. win-loss percentage) and earned AP rankings ranging from No. 16 to No. 8 with Butler. In the 2009-2010 season, Stevens led his team to the third...
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