CHAMPAIGN — Bill Cubit said in late July he wanted Illinois to be his final job.
Looks like that might happen.
The Illinois offensive coordinator received a contract extension on Wednesday through the 2015 season, along with a salary increase to $500,000 per season.
Hired in January by Tim Beckman, Cubit helped Illinois’ offense take a leap forward during the 2013 season, improving the offense in several statistical categories.
“His coaching and play-calling experience was a terrific addition to the program a year ago, and this assures continuity at a very critical position on the staff,” Beckman said. “Bill and his wife, Nancy, are an incredible couple who are very involved with our football family and the Champaign-Urbana community. I’m very happy that we were able to do this for Bill.”
The 60-year-old Cubit helped quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase post his first season of at least 3,000 yards passing and wide receiver Steve Hull emerged in the latter half of the season in Cubit’s pass-happy offense, which also saw running back Josh Ferguson emerge as both a run and pass threat.
“I’m very excited to be able to continue what we began building this past season,” Cubit said. “We’re looking forward to a lot of success next season. We have a very good core group of linemen, tight ends and running backs returning, and a talented and deep group of quarterbacks to start with. We’ll be looking for some wide receivers to emerge this spring and summer, but I certainly don’t expect a drop off in 2014.”