DETROIT (AP) _ Illinois State coach Kevin Stallings interviewed Friday for the vacant Michigan job and has emerged as the leading candidate, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Stallings, 37, has compiled an 82-42 record in four season at Illinois State.

The Free Press said Stallings has lobbied aggressively for the job that came open when Steve Fisher was fired last week. Fisher was fired after a Kansas law firm released a report that showed the Michigan basketball program was guilty of three NCAA violations the university termed minor.

Stallings met with Michigan athletic director Tom Goss on Friday.

On Thursday, Goss met with Cazzie Russell, an All-American on the Michigan team that won three straight Big Ten titles from 1964-66.

Russell, 52, coached in the Continental Basketball Association and at a Columbus, Ohio, high school before taking the job as coach at Division III Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

The Free Press said another potential candidate is Clarkston High coach Dan Fife, who was a two-sports star at Michigan and an assistant coach there for three years.

Fife's son, Dugan, played under Fisher and another son, Dane _ a senior at Clarkston High _ is considered a blue-chip prospect. Fife said he has not been contacted by Goss, but many Michigan supporters have urged him to apply.

Goss has said he hopes to hire a replacement early next week.

Practice is scheduled to begin Saturday under assistant Brian Ellerbe, who was named interim coach after Fisher's dismissal.