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March 30, 2011

Williams off the table, OU talking to Illinois' Weber

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NORMAN —

But Weber does have a history of winning conference championships in a power conference. The Illini won Big Ten titles in Weber’s first two seasons after taking over when Bill Self went to Kansas.

Three other possible candidates when the search began are no longer valid.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner signed an extension to remain its coach Tuesday. The Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday that UNLV coach Lon Kruger denied OU’s overtures. BYU coach Dave Rose is reportedly working on an extension to remain on the Cougars’ bench.

One candidate that remains in play, but has a lower profile is Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. Sources close to OU and college basketball have both said Marshall is on Castiglione’s radar.

He’s gone 80-55 in four seasons at Wichita State. He’ll led the Shockers against Alabama in the NIT title game tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Wichita State hasn’t reached the NCAA Tournament under Marshall. But he did lead Winthrop to the NCAA Tournament seven times in nine years prior to taking over at Wichita State.

Only problem there is Marshall seems to be on the radar of two other athletic directors’ radars.

North Carolina State is still searching for a replacement for Sidney Lowe, who resigned on March 15. Marshall, a South Carolina native, might find a return to the Mid-Atlantic region more appealing.

There’s also the vacancy at Missouri. Purdue coach Matt Painter rejected the Tigers’ offer Wednesday. Marshall was believed on Missouri athletic director Mike Alden’s initial list after Mike Anderson chose to leave Missouri for Arkansas.

John Shinn 366-3536 jshinn@normantranscript.com

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