Illinois hires Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Illinois took only one day to find their new offensive coordinator--former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit.

Illinois has hired former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit as their new offensive coordinator, according to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago.

Cubit was fired by Western Michigan in November after coaching the Broncos to a 4-8 season. He was 51-47 in his eight-year tenure at Western Michigan. Cubit served as an offensive coordinator with Missouri, Rutgers and Stanford from 2000 to 2004. We was the Western Michigan offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999 and called plays in his time as head coach.

In 2011, Cubit coached Western Michigan to the 18th best offense in the country; however, the Broncos finished the season at a mediocre 7-6.

Illinois' offensive coordinator position became available after co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty was fired on Saturday and the other co-offensive coordinator, Billy Gonzales, was demoted to wide receivers coach. The Fighting Illini were 2-10, with their only Division I victory coming against Cubit's Western Michigan team. Illinois finished 119th out of 120 in total offense last season.

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