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.
DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.
The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.
"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.
"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."
Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.
The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.
The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.
Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.
Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.
"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."
Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.