Illinois Having Trouble Filling Defensive Coordinator Job

January 5, 2012

Illinois Football

Oops:

A day after Jon Tenuta accepted a position with Illinois, likely as defensive coordinator, he changed his mind to stay at North Carolina State for family reasons.

“I’ve known (new Illini coach Tim Beckman) for 20 years and I have no doubt that with the staff he is putting together, he will have Illinois at the top of the Big Ten very soon,” Tenuta said in a statement Illinois released Wednesday. “However, my family comes first and I may have made a decision without fully thinking through the situation with them.”

Beckman first had offered the defensive coordinator job to Vic Koenning, who declined to take a position on the North Carolina staff.

Tenuta did have a good reason, however:

Tenuta said he wanted to stay in the area because his son had signed a letter of intent to play baseball at North Carolina State.

“It is something I just don’t want to miss,” he said.

Fair enough.

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