Monty Williams has rejected an offer to become head coach of Illinois.

Williams was let go as head coach by the New Orleans Pelicans after the 14-15 season. Williams spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder until his wife, Ingrid, was killed in a car accident in February.

Williams is working in the San Antonio Spurs' front office this season and is expected to be one of the NBA's top coaching candidates this offseason.

Illinois fired John Groce after five seasons.