On Tuesday afternoon, new Illinois football coach Tim Beckman announced that he has added three coaches to his staff:
"I am pleased to announce the additions of Chris Beatty, Luke Butkus and Jon Tenuta to the Fighting Illini coaching staff," Beckman said. "John is considered one of the top defensive coaches in the nation and has a world of great experience that he will bring to Illinois. Chris is thought of as one of the top young coaches in the nation, especially as a recruiter. Luke obviously brings one of the great names in the history of football and the University of Illinois back to our program."
Beatty was the wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator for Vanderbilt, while Butkus spent the last five seasons as an assistant in the NFL. Tenuta was the linebackers coach at NC State, where he helped give the Wolfpack defense more of an aggressive bent.
Prior to his stint with NC State, Tenuta was the long-time defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech and also spent three seasons coordinating Notre Dame's defense. He figures to assume that role with the Illini as well.