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Illinois Coaching Candidates: Houston's Kevin Sumlin Could Be Headed To Illinois, According To Reports

Illinois' football coaching search still could go in a number of directions at this point, but according to some reports, the school has zeroed in on Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin. WSCR's Dan Bernstein tweeted on Tuesday that he's heard the school is confident it can land Sumlin:

Sources at Illinois saying they still think Sumlin is theirs.
My sources are telling me that it's Kevin Sumlin to Illinois. Announcement could be coming within hours

Sumlin led the Houston Cougars to a 12-1 regular season, their only loss coming in the Conference USA championship game. Sumlin has also been connected to the vacant jobs at Arizona State and Texas A&M in recent weeks.

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