Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday morning he has no plans to leave his position as Tennessee's men's basketball coach for another job.
"We're building something special here,'' Martin said. "I enjoy my job at Tennessee, and I'm looking forward to bigger things next season.''
Martin was linked to the vacant coaching position at Illinois by the Comcast SportsNet Chicago website, which is part of the NBC Sports Network.
"There was never anything to it,'' said Martin, who was recruited by Illinois coming out of Lincoln High School in East St. Louis, Ill.
Martin led the Vols to a 19-15 record and a second-round NIT appearance this season. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a 10-6 record after losing four starters off last season's team and being picked to finish 11th at the preseason SEC Media Day in October.
Martin is finishing the first year of a five-year contract that pays him $1.3 million annually.