Illini fires one co-DC, coach’s son bumped up to OC

Illinois head coach Bill Cubit is wasting no time getting his coaching staff in place now that he’s been given the permanent gig.

In a press release, the school confirmed that Tim Banks is not being retained as the Illini’s co-defensive coordinator.  Instead, the Illini’s other co-defensive coordinator, Mike Phair, will stay on as Bill Cubit‘s sole defensive coordinator.

On offense, Cubit showed he’s not scared of potential calls of nepotism by naming his son, Ryan Cubit, as offensive coordinator. But showing he doesn’t spoil his kids, the elder Cubit will hold onto play calling duties. In addition, former Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been named as a permanent assistant coach for running backs.

Finally, the hirings of Jeff Hecklinski and A.J. Ricker were announced. The former, another former Illini quarterback, will serve as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator while Hecklinski will coach the offensive line after holding the same job at Missouri the past two seasons.

Cubit was named interim coach for the Illini back in August this year, last month the university announced that Cubit signed a two-year extension, becoming the permanent head coach. Illinois finished the season 5-7.

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