Disch staying at Illinois

Disch staying at Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois defensive co-coordinator Dan Disch, offered the job as defensive coordinator at South Florida, will remain with Ron Zook's program.

Disch, 50, made the decision Wednesday.

"I'm very happy that Coach Disch has decided to stay here," Zook said. "He's been with us from the beginning and has been a huge part of the success we've been able to build here. This was a good opportunity for him, but he felt loyal to this university, this program and the players."

The Florida native has been with Zook for five seasons, four at Illinois and one at Florida. Before that, Disch was a longtime successful high school coach in Jacksonville, Fla.

Since the end of the 2008 season, Illinois has had three coaching changes. Former offensive coordinator Mike Locksley left to become head coach at New Mexico. Eric Wolford took the offensive line job at South Carolina. And defensive line coach Tom Sims, released by Zook, took the same position at  Kansas.



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