Illinois Coaching Search: Cuonzo Martin Is Interested In Illinois, According To Report

Well, here's a twist to the Illinois Fighting Illini coaching search we didn't expect: Cuonzo Martin, who accepted a job at Tennessee last season, might be interested in bolting the Volunteers already to head to Champaign. This according to Gail Fisher of Comcast SportsNet.

Martin was head coach at Missouri State for the last three years and just accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee. Seems unlikely that he would do a turnabout, repack the car and head north to Champaign, Illinois.

However, sources close to both Illinois and Martin found out that Martin would be VERY interested in coaching at Illinois. Interested enough to pull a Lane Kiffin and leave Tennessee high and dry.

Martin was a brilliant high school basketball player out of East St. Louis in the 1980s

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