Editor's note: Cuonzo Martin's annual salary is $1.3 million. An earlier version of this story misstated the terms.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago is reporting that sources close to the University of Illinois and Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin have indicated Martin would be interested in filling Illinois' vacant men's basketball coaching position.
Martin didn't comment on the opening on Tuesday night, but he said earlier in the day his focus was on the Vols' offseason and improving on this season's 19-15 campaign.
"Next year we're planning on being one of the best teams in the country, that's the bottom line," Martin said Tuesday afternoon. "It's time for us to get ready to get back to work."
The Chicago website brands itself as the "Midwest's premier regional sports network" and is part of the NBC Sports Network, according to its website, CSNChicago.com.
Martin was recruited by Illinois coming out of Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Ill., but his mother declined to let him go there because of concerns with how the school was recruiting him.
Martin is finishing up the first year of a five-year contract worth $1.3 million annually, which he agreed to when he left Missouri State after three years as its head coach to take the Tennessee job on March 27, 2011.
According to Martin's signed Memorandum of Understanding, which the News Sentinel acquired through a Tennessee Open Records request, if Martin left for another job during the first three years of his contract, he would owe UT two times his annual salary ($2.6 million).