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Report: Illini pick OL coach

Current Illinois offensive analyst Bob McClain is being promoted to the full-time staff as offensive line coach, according to Footballscoop.com.

McClain will replace Luke Butkus, who left for a job with the Green Bay Packers.

McClain joined the staff in 2018. He worked with Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith at both Michigan and West Virginia.

Asmussen | Ex-UI administrator fights to boost AAF at helm of Apollos

No matter what happens to his new job with the Alliance of American Football, you get the feeling former Illinois administrator Mike Waddell is always going to land on his feet.

Waddell, 50, is the president of the 2-0 Orlando Apollos, who began play earlier this month.

Despite the record, the first season has not been easy for the AAF.

Asmussen | New Illini Petitbon ready to make immediate impact

On the list of things you least want to do, telling Nick Saban "I'm outta here" might be at the top.

That's what Richie Petitbon did after the 2018 season. The reaction might surprise you.

"I've always had a good relationship with the coaches at Alabama," Petitbon said. "They've always been there for me. They've pushed me to be better.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Feb. 17, 2019

On this date 64 years ago, Ira Carrithers, one of the University of Illinois' most prominent athletes of the George Huff coaching era, died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the age of 70.

Tate | Illinois football has talent, but for how long?

Equally uplifting alongside volleyball's run to the Final Four is the upcoming talent that UI coach Chris Tamas will have to work with. They'll continue to draw optimistic crowds.

Feb. 18 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

What will the return of Mike Bellamny mean for the Illinois staff? Who will the school hire to work with the offensive linemen? Are there any other coaches thinking about leaving?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat writer.

Bellamy returning to UI

CHAMPAIGN — Former Illinois football player and assistant coach Mike Bellamy is returning to the school as running backs coach, sources close to the program confirmed Friday. Bellamy joining Lovie Smith's coaching staff means a former Illini will still be on the staff after Luke Butkus left earlier this month for a job with the Green Bay Packers.

Illini's Hudson is taking in the sights

CHAMPAIGN —Keynodo Hudson got a little emotional the first time he walked out on to Zuppke Field at Memorial Stadium. Those feelings were part of the reason he was interested when Illinois coach Lovie Smith inquired about joining his staff.

Asmussen | Larger-than-life Bezhanishvili's personality puts him on special list of Illini

Admit it, Illinois fans, you have developed a soft spot for Giorgi Bezhanishvili. Even if you don't know how to properly pronounce his last name. (I can relate).

When he dropped 35 points on Rutgers, it moved him up a peg on the popularity list.

Or 20.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

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