With Illinois' basketball potential, athletic director Mike Thomas can be in the hunt for the nation's most attractive candidates. Here are some possibilities to succeed Bruce Weber:
1. Shaka Smart, VCU: Last year's Final Four made him super-hot commodity. Was an Akron assistant when Mike Thomas was AD there.
2. Brad Stevens, Butler: Two straight Final Fours establish his credentials, just two hours east of Champaign.
3. Scott Drew, Baylor: Former Valparaiso coach has built winner out of troubled program.
4. Anthony Grant, Alabama: Started VCU's rise before moving to Crimson Tide.
5. Chris Collins, Duke assistant: Former Glenbrook/Duke star is nation's most talked-about assistant.
Other potential candidates include Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, Detroit coach Ray McCallum and former New Mexico State coach/NBA guy Reggie Theus.