CHAMPAIGN - Illinois confirmed the hiring of Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Monday, a week after rumors circulated that Cubit was soon to be named to the staff.
Cubit, 59, takes over for co-coordinators Chris Beatty, who was not retained following last season, and Billy Gonzales, who remains on staff in charge of wide receivers.
The Illini averaged 16.7 points and 296.7 yards in total offense in 2012, ranking last in the Big Ten and 119th nationally in both categories.
“I am very excited to have an experienced coach like Bill Cubit join the Illini football staff as he has always been known to have an outstanding football mind,” head coach Tim Beckman said. “I’ve known Bill and coached against him for several years. He has had many extremely productive offensive teams during his career."
Cubit brings 32 years of experience to what was one of the youngest staffs in college football a season ago. Most recently, Cubit served as head coach at Western Michigan from 2005-12, where he led the Broncos to a 51-47 record and three bowl appearances.
Prior to his stint at WMU, Cubit was an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Stanford, Rutgers, among numerous other coaching stops along the way.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity join Tim Beckman here at Illinois,” Cubit said. “I have a lot of respect for him and his teams. I’m enthused about joining a great staff and being a part of the Illinois football tradition. I look forward to getting to work immediately and competing for a Big Ten championship.”
Illinois returns nine starters on offense, including quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, leading rusher Donovonn Young and leading receiver Ryan Lankford.
A replacement for offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who left for Florida International, has yet to be named.
Cubit was known for wide open passing attacks at the tail-end of his tenure at Western Michigan. His 2011 team set records for points (459), touchdowns (58), pass attempts (554), completions (369), passing yards (4,385), plays (945) and first downs (945).
His hiring provides an experienced voice on staff, a change from a year ago when both Beatty and Gonzales were each in their first year in a coordinator role.
"Bill has called plays for many years as an offensive coordinator and as a head coach, and has developed several outstanding quarterbacks,” Beckman said.
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