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So what am I bid here for this lovely head coaching job?

Shaka Smart said "nah." Now Brad Stevens has said he's perfectly happy at Butler, especially if the alternative is Illinois.

You wouldn't think it would be this hard to fill a Big Ten coaching job, would you?

But now at least five people have turned it down, and somewhere Bruce Weber, cast into outer darkness by what passes for the Illini brain trust, must be chortling quietly to himself. And so, as a public service, the Blob will offer a few viable suggestions for where Illinois can look next:

1. Ken Howard. He just got Carver High to state, and he promises to bring Big Warren and Salami with him.

(It's a great day when the Blob can sneak in a "White Shadow" reference).

2. Gene Hackman. He'll bring Buddy. Illini could use a defensive stopper.

(Ditto a "Hoosiers" reference).

3. Kyle Chandler. But you'll have to wait until football season's over at East Dillon.

(Ditto a "Friday Night Lights" reference).

4. Craig T. Nelson. He'll bring Dobber.

(Ditto a "Coach" reference).

And last but not least ...

5. Bob Knight.

'Cause he, you know, has always loved Illinois.

Ben Smith's blog.