Ricker joining Illinois staff

Ricker joining Illinois staff

Former Western Michigan offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is taking the same position at Illinois, a source close to the program said.

Ricker, who replaced Jim Bridge, is expected to work during this afternoon's spring practice.

While he needs to get to know the players, Ricker will have plenty of familiarity with his direct boss, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit. Ricker worked on Cubit's staff at Western Michigan, serving as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.

The Texas native is the former head coach at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.

Ricker was a standout offensive lineman at Missouri, setting a school record with 47 consecutive starts. He was an All-Big 12 center as a senior and a second-team choice his junior year.

Ricker signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears and spent time in NFL Europe and in the Arena Football League.

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dave1956 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 12:03 pm

lets see if this jerk stays longer than a month.

westcoast wrote on March 07, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Your comment was uncalled for and rude, Dave.   Why are you calling him a "jerk"? 

cretis12 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 6:03 pm


Season at MT: 1st
Date Hired: February 7, 2013
Recruiting Area: TBA

WOW...let's call him the traveling man? Wonder how 1 month at MTSU worked out. I wouldnt let him go out to lunch by himself...might take off. Hey Becky...think we will have a full staff by September?

Amen wrote on March 07, 2013 at 2:03 pm

This simply is a matter of an offensive coordinator getting the offensive line coach of his choice. No big deal otherwise. 

griff507 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 8:03 pm

And you wonder why top coaches don't want to come here? REALLY?

You start ripping him, before he even gets his bags unpacked! I know it's hard, but try to have a little class, for a change.

Welcome, Coach!  We need all the help you can give.

Good Luck!

dave1956 wrote on March 08, 2013 at 7:03 am

Im just sick of these vagabond coach'es who is here for a month and decide to go on to another school. Lets hope that we dont hear that Ricker has left the Illinos job to take the same position at another school like we did Bridge.

CecilColeman wrote on March 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Today is March 18 - - - is he still here???