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08:22 AM ET 03.22 | Cross Shaka Smart off the list. [Smart] turned down a lucrative offer to replace Bruce Weber in Champaign. Athletic director Mike Thomas now will turn to his second-choice options, which include Alabama's Anthony Grant and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton, according to sources. Both are considered to have strong interest in the job. Illinois also will give consideration to assistants Johnny Dawkins of Stanford and Jeff Capel of Duke. Thomas is believed to be pursuing high-profile candidates and African-American head coaches. ... Illinois offered Smart many enticements, sources said, including a salary that would be comparable to Michigan State's Tom Izzo, the Big Ten's top salary earner at more than $3 million.

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March 22, 2012  08:48 AM ET

"Thomas is believed to be pursuing high-profile candidates and African-American head coaches. ... "

That's gotta burn at some ignorant IDIOTS that don't belieive "colored" coaches belong at Ill

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