Brad Stevens: No contact from Illini

Updated: March 23, 2012, 7:04 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Butler coach Brad Stevens squashed any and all rumors that he has been contacted about the open Illinois job.

"There is absolutely no truth to it,'' he said. "I have not been contacted.''

Asked if perhaps Illinois had reached out to someone representing Stevens, he said, "If they have, I don't know anything about it. 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."

After leading Butler to two national championship games, Stevens has been a hot name on virtually every big name coaching job.

Illinois recently fired Bruce Weber.

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