Banks is on the way to lead defense
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has its new defensive coordinator: Tim Banks.
Banks will be named early next week after serving as co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati.
In 2011, Cincinnati finished sixth nationally in run defense, 20th in scoring defense and 42nd in total defense.
Before working with the Bearcats, Banks spent three years as co-defensive coordinator at Central Michigan, his alma mater. His 2009 team led the MAC in total defense and was second in run defense.
Banks worked four seasons at Maryland, including three in charge of inside linebackers and one running the secondary.
Banks spent two years on the staffs at Memphis and Bowling Green.
A cornerback at Central Michigan, Banks earned All-MAC second-team honors in 1993 and '94. He helped the Chippewas win the MAC title in 1994.
All finished up
Tim Beckman is expected to name Tim Banks as his defensive coordinator early next week. Here’s what his staff will look like:
Tim Banks — Defensive coordinator
Chris Beatty — Co-offensive coordinator
Luke Butkus — Offensive line coach
Steve Clinkscale — Defense TBA
Keith Gilmore — Defensive line coach
Alex Golesh — Tight ends, specialists, recruiting coordinator
Billy Gonzales — Co-offensive coordinator
Tim Salem — Running backs, special teams coordinator
Mike Ward — Defense TBA