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Illinois football names Ryan Cubit quarterbacks coach, recruiting coordinator

Several coaching staff roles shift for Illinois.

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois assistant coach Ryan Cubit, the son of offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, was promoted to the role of quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, head football coach Tim Beckman announced Friday.

Last March Ryan Cubit was sentenced to two years of probation following an October DUI arrest while working as the director of player development. He was forced to wear an alcohol-monitoring device for three months after pleading guilty to the charge.

"I've watched how he interacts with our student-athletes, along with the prospective recruits who visited our campus, and he is extremely prepared for his role," coach Beckman said in a press release. "He'll be able to fit in immediately."

Assistant coach Alex Golesh will take over as special teams coordinator, while also coaching tight ends and specialists. Bill Cubit will remain the offensive coordinator while also overseeing running backs.

Golesh signed one of the Big Ten's larger classes with 24 prospects, and was heavily involved for 11 of those players, including both four-stars. He landed four-star running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn out of Southeastern Conference terrority on Signing Day for the Illini to boast the No. 6 class in the Big Ten.

As a player, Ryan Cubit passed for 4,729 yards for fifth all-time in Western Michigan history during three seasons after transferring from Rutgers.

In 2008, he took over as the assistant coach and quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan and served in that role for four seasons before being named co-offensive coordinator in 2012. He led the Broncos offense, while mentoring Alex Carder to a 3,873 yard season and five games of 400-plus yards. Carder joined fellow quarterback Tim Hiller as All-Mid-American Conference honorees under Cubit.

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