Butkus joining former coach at FIU
Illinois offensive line coach Luke Butkus is leaving the school to become run-game coordinator at Florida International, a source close to the Illini program said.
Last week, Florida International hired former Illinois head coach Ron Turner to take over its football team. Butkus was a standout for Turner at Illinois, helping the Illini to the 2001 Big Ten title and a spot in the Sugar Bowl.
Butkus, who spent his early coaching career in the NFL, just completed his first season with Tim Beckman’s team.
Beckman now has two openings on his staff, the first created by the dismissal of co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty. An announcement on the new offensive coordinator at Illinois should come next week.