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March 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Pac-12 coaching rumors heating up

There continues to be speculation about the Illinois coaching vacancy and published reports that the Illini may have interest in Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins.
Illinois’ first choice was Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart until he declined an offer that would have reportedly paid him $2.2 million per season. His annual salary at VCU is $1.2M.
No one knows with any certainly who is on the short list of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas. Illinois has steadily declined since Bruce Weber led it to the national title game in 2005. He was released after Illinois finished the season 17-15 and missed the NCAA tournament for the third time in the past five years.
Romar and Dawkins would seem to be unlikely candidates to leave right now.
In 2010, Romar signed a 10-year contract extension that pays him $1.7M annually, not including bonuses. The former UW point guard has often repeated he would like to finish his college basketball coaching career with the Huskies. Romar has coached at UW the past 10 seasons.
Last year Dawkins signed a two-year contract extension that expires after the 2015-16 season. He’s been with the Cardinal the past four years and is enjoying is most successful campaign this season.
Washington (24-10) and Stanford (24-11) advanced to the NIT semifinals.
Meanwhile Oregon coach Dana Altman and Colorado coach Tad Boyle will reportedly return to their respective schools next season and are not candidates for the Nebraska job. Both are hot prospects after guiding their teams to the postseason.
According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, Altman informed Oregon officials he’s returning for a third season. Last year he signed a seven-year deal that pays him. $1.8M annually.
Altman is 45-28 in two seasons with the Ducks. He’s led them to a CBI title last season and a NIT quarterfinals appearance this season.
Citing unnamed sources, the Daily Camera confirmed Boyle is also staying put after guiding the Buffaloes to a Pac-12 Tournament championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory in 15 years.
Boyle, a Colorado native, just finished his second season with the Buffs. In February, he signed a contract extension that expires in 2016.

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