Reports surfaced Friday that Stevens was the next target of the Illini after the school was turned down by Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart earlier this week. Reports indicated Stevens could be offered an eight-year, $21 million contract.
Stevens said he spent Friday afternoon fishing with his children. That he has had no contact with Illinois doesn't necessarily mean that interest hasn't been communicated by the school to the coach, since most modern coaching searches are orchestrated through third parties. The school has hired Parker Executive Search to assist in filling its vacancy.
Stevens has rebuffed numerous job offers in recent years while building Butler into a national power. The Bulldogs played in each of the past two national championship games, losing in 2010 to Duke and 2011 to Connecticut. His compensation at Butler is estimated to be about $1 million a year.
Butler missed the NCAA tourney this season but played in the College Basketball Invitational. Stevens' record in five seasons at Butler is 139-40.
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