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Illinois’ Bruce Weber linked to Oklahoma job

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The Norman (Okla.) Transcript, citing a “well-placed” source, said Illinois coach Bruce Weber has emerged as a viable candidate to become the next coach at Oklahoma, saying there appears to be mutual interest.

Weber, who has been at Illinois the last eight seasons, appears to have some reasons to find Oklahoma attractive, the paper said.

Earlier this season, athletic director Ron Guenther issued a statement supporting Weber’s future at Illinois when it looked like it might miss the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years.

Illinois must replace four senior starters next season.

The source said another factor that could make OU attractive to Weber is that Guenther’s contract expires at the end of June. If it’s not renewed, the paper said Weber’s seat could get hot under a new athletic director.

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