By Kristen Harper
Illini head coach Tim Beckman announced on Monday the new addition of Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Cubit brings his expertise from Western Michigan where he led the Broncos to a 51-47 overall record with appearances in three bowl games during his eight year tenure.
Beckman said in a release, I am very excited to have an experienced coach like Bill Cubit join the Illini football staff as he has always been known to have an outstanding football mind. Ive known Bill and coached against him for several years. He has had many extremely productive offensive teams during his career. Bill has called plays for many years as an offensive coordinator and as a head coach, and has developed several outstanding quarterbacks.
With this new hire, Billy Gonzales will take on the new role of wide receivers coach while previously serving as co-offensive coordinator during 2012.
Im very excited to have the opportunity join Tim Beckman here at Illinois, Cubit stated in a release. I have a lot of respect for him and his teams. Im enthused about joining a great staff and being a part of the Illinois football tradition. I look forward to getting to work immediately and competing for a Big Ten championship.
Cubits tenure includes 32 years of coaching at both the collegiate and high school levels. In those years he has produced an NCAA Top 25 in passing offense, scoring offense, and total offense in two back to back seasons at WMU; being ranked 20th in the nation with an average of 31.1 points per game; two Middle American Conference championships and twice earning the conference naming right of coach of year.
A native of Sharon Hill, Pa., Cubit attended the University of Delaware where he earned a degree in business administration while playing quarterback and wide receiver for the Blue Hens where he earned Associated Press All-America honorable mention during his senior year in 1974.
The Missouri Valley Conference returns to CSN with live college hoops action on Wednesday night.
Looking to make a push for the NCAA tournament, Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. live on CSN. Then at 7 p.m. on CSN+, Loyola will host Drake in another Valley contest.
The Redbirds (23-5, 15-1) have won four straight games as they are co-leaders of the conference with Wichita State. Senior Deontae Hawkins leads Illinois State in scoring at 14.6 points per game.
Southern Illinois (15-14, 8-8) won on the road at Indiana State to snap a three-game losing streak as they're hoping for a better result after losing to Illinois State at home by seven earlier this season. Senior point guard Mike Rodriguez leads the Salukis in points and assists at 13.0 points and 4.1 assists per game.
In the second game, Loyola is trying to make a move up the conference standings as they host Drake.
The Ramblers (17-12, 7-9) lost to the Bulldogs on the road earlier this season as they enter this one having lost five of six games. Loyola is led by senior Milton Doyle as he leads the Ramblers in points and assists at 15.6 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
Drake (7-21, 5-11) has lost seven straight games but they did get the best of the Ramblers in that 102-98 thriller earlier this season. The Bulldogs do have a talented junior in Reed Timmer as he's putting up 15.6 points per game.
Both of these games are important for Missouri Valley Conference tournament seeding purposes as Arch Madness begins on Thursday, March 2.
You can catch Thursday and Friday's MVC Tournament action live on CSN on March 2 and March 3.
College hoops returns to CSN on Tuesday with some local action as UIC hosts Green Bay. You can watch this Horizon League matchup live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.
The Flames (14-14, 7-8) are coming off of a loss to Oakland as they try to make one more push up the conference standings. Junior big man Tai Odiase leads UIC at 11.3 points per game as the former Homewood-Flossmoor product is also a solid rim protector.
Green Bay (16-11, 10-5) is still fighting for one of the conference's top spots as they're coming off of a win over Milwaukee. The Phoenix already own a four-point win over UIC this season at home in a close game.
Senior guard Charles Cooper is averaging 13.0 points per game as he's been one of the better guards in the conference this season.