Bruce Weber staying at Illinois
Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber released a statement Thursday confirming he will remain at the school amidst rumors of other programs expressing interest.
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"I received a few interest calls regarding other positions, but nothing beyond that," Weber said in a statement. "I remain committed to the University of Illinois.
"We held our first spring workouts yesterday. I enjoyed being in the gym with our returning players and look forward to welcoming a talented recruiting class to the mix. I am fortunate to have one of the elite jobs in all of college basketball and am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our program. We will work tirelessly to ensure that Illinois is competing at a championship level both in the Big Ten and nationally."
The Norman Transcript in Norman, Okla., reported Wednesday a source said Weber was a candidate for Oklahoma's opening and there was mutual interest. Weber was also reportedly considered by Tennessee.
Illinois was 20-14, 9-9 in the Big Ten and defeated UNLV in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Kansas. The Illini graduate four starters but return three key contributors in Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Jereme Richmond and a number of underclassmen. They bring in an ESPN top 15 recruiting class, which includes six players.
Athletic director Ron Guenther and Weber have had only preliminary discussions about this season's results, the interest of other schools and whether Weber will receive a raise or contract extension, sports information director Kent Brown said.
Weber is paid $1.5 million a year under a contract that expires in 2015.
"They'll sit down after the [Final Four] and talk about the whole program, including compensation," Brown said.
Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at email@example.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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