Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin told his staff on Wednesday that he doesn't have interest in leaving the school to become the new coach at Illinois, according to Tennessee radio host Jimmy Hyans. Martin just finished his first season with the Volunteers after leaving Missouri State.
Martin, 40, led Tennessee to a 19-15 overall record during the 2011-2012 season, along with a solid 10-6 record in SEC play. That failed to get the Volunteers into the NCAA Tournament but did land them a No. 1 seed in the NIT. Tennessee lost in the second round of the tournament to Middle Tennessee.
For now, the coaching search continues for Illinois, which recently got turned down by VCU coach Shaka Smart. The Fighting Illini fired Bruce Weber, the team's coach for nine years, after a disappointing season.
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