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"I think it was a good hire for Illinois," McGinnis said. "He's a fine person. I've met him a few times. He's a loyal guy and a great fit. I think he'll do a good job for them."

On the reaction in the city:

"There hasn't been a reaction. There's no backlash. All the players I know speak highly of him."

InsideCarolina.com broke the story. Here's the Raleigh News and Observer's take on the situation: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/unc/story/709830.html

As of this afternoon, Shumpert himself was unaware of the controversy. He did mention that of the former Tar Heel players, only Sean May encouraged him to attend North Carolina.

Iman Shumpert update

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Shumpert is receiving home visits from the coaches of his final three schools this week. Paul Hewitt was at the Shumpert home on Sunday, Roy Williams is visiting tonight and Tom Crean will be there on Thursday. Scott Powers sat down with Shumpert today, so be on the lookout for a full story on the Oak Park star and his recruitment at the Sun-Times new preps site: highschoolsports.suntimes.com.

Is Simeon coach Robert Smith headed to Illinois?

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Simeon coach Robert Smith is ready to talk with Illinois coach Bruce Weber about the assistant coach opening in Champaign.

"If the opportunity arose I would definitely take it," Smith said. "I've always wanted to coach at Illinois."

Smith said he and Weber have discussed Smith's college coaching aspirations in the past, but never about any position at Illinois. Smith was listed as a candidate for the job in the Champaign newspaper today.

"I called coach Weber today but couldn't get a hold of him," Smith said.

Smith, who led the Wolverines to the last two Class AA state titles, has always been a vocal supporter of Illinois.

"As a high school coach I've tried not to be too biased," Smith said. "I want kids to go to Illinois, but you have to let them make their own decisions. I want Illinois to be one of the best teams in the country. I could help them do that as an assistant coach."

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