Illini need new OL coach after Ricker departs for Mizzou

Illini need new OL coach after Ricker departs for Mizzou
July 9, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The Illini need a new offensive line coach.

It was reported Wednesday that O-line coach A.J. Ricker would depart Illinois to take the same position at Missouri.

Ricker only spent one season with the Illini, coming over with offensive coordinator Bill Cubit before the start of last season. He was Cubit's offensive line coach in 2011 and 2012, when Cubit was the head coach at Western Michigan.

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Missouri is Ricker's alma mater. He spent four years as a center with the Tigers from 2000 to 2003.

“He’s going to accept the opportunity to go to his alma mater,” Illinois head coach Tim Beckman told the Champaign News-Gazette's Matt Daniels. “We build a program and we talk about family, and he has an opportunity to go back to his family.”

As for who Beckman could find to replace Ricker: