Illinois finds offensive line coach

Illinois finds offensive line coach

Tom Brattan is slated to become the next offensive line coach at Illinois, a source close to the program said on Wednesday morning.

The hiring isn't official until Thursday because the job needs to be posted for a week, the source said.

But when it does become official, Illinois will have an offensive line coach with more than 30 years of college coaching experience.

Here's what you need to know about the fifth offensive line coach Illinois will have in the last five seasons.

Brattan served as Maryland's offensive line coach from 2001 until 2013 before Randy Edsall did not renew his contract.

Brattan, who will turn 64 on Oct. 14, previously coached at Stanford for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 as the Cardinal's offensive line coach after working from 1992 until 1998 as Northwestern's offensive line coach.

Prior to his time in Evanston, he worked at William & Mary as an assistant coach from 1983 to 1991.

Illinois starts preseason practices on Aug. 4, which makes the hiring of Brattan crucial since A.J. Ricker departed Illinois on July 9 to become the offensive line coach at Missouri.

Illinois, which returns four starters along its offensive line this season, has four offensive line commits so far in the Class of 2015. All commits are still solid with Illinois even with Ricker, who was the primary recruiter on all four of them, having left.

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Illini1973 wrote on July 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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What happened to that ‘nugget’ we were thrown….looking at candidates with NFL experience?

Bwp 5P wrote on July 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The NFL is a bit different than College. Seems this gentleman has credentials! Let's give him a chance. I'm way more worried about the fact that scoring 35+/game isn't enough to win!


Illini Drumline Guy wrote on July 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

I agree....background is solid ...could be a great hire