Williams leaving Illinois

Williams leaving Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — One spot on Tim Beckman’s staff just got filled. Now, another is open.

Former Illinois quarterback Juice Williams is leaving as the program’s director of alumni and former player relations.

Sports information director Kent Brown said Williams will join the athletic development staff at Georgetown.

Williams’ wife Jamillah has accepted a position at Georgetown law school.

The couple got married in December.

Williams, 27, took the Illinois job in late March 2014.

His move comes just days after Ryan Cubit was hired as quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, which filled the final spot on the coaching staff.

As a player at Illinois, Williams was the face of Ron Zook’s program, helping the team to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

Williams led the Illini to  a 2007 upset win at then-No. 1 Ohio State, throwing four touchdown passes in the game and converting a critical fourth-down run.

Williams finished at Illinois as the career leader in total offense, and is now second in school history in that category behind Nathan Scheelhaase.

After his college career ended, Williams had a tryout with the Chicago Bears, but was not signed. He later played arena football for two Chicago teams

Williams was the third former Illini to hold the former player relations position, following Mike Bellamy and Matt Sinclair.

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westcoast wrote on April 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

We will miss Juice.  He was an Illini great and an inspiring guy.  I wonder if both Juice and his wife were seeking good jobs and she could not find anything suitable in Champaign Urbana.  Spousal job opportunities can be a tough issue and one that the U of I faces all the time for faculty hiring/retention.   But, I have no idea regarding the details in Juice's case.