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REPORT: Illinois to hire Indianapolis Colts assistant Andrew Hayes-Stoker as Wide Receivers Coach

Hayes-Stoker was an assistant under Smith in Chicago, Tampa Bay.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Fighting Illini football is expected to hire current Indianapolis Colts assistant Andrew Hayes-Stoker as the program's new wide receiver coach. Alex Marvez initially reported that Hayes-Stoker was being targeted by Lovie Smith earlier on Tuesday afternoon.

Hayes-Stoker played collegiately at TCU, where he backed up LaDainian Tomlinson at running back. His first coaching position came as a graduate assistant with Texas A&M (2005-06). He soon jumped to the NFL to work under Lovie Smith in Chicago (2006-12) and Tampa Bay (2014-15) in various offensive roles.

The Colts hired Hayes-Stoker back in February as an 'Assistant to the Head Coach'.

This addition presumably means that Mike Bellamy will be replaced; he served as Illinois' WR Coach since 2012. Below is a quick look at how Smith's new staff is shaping up.

Current Reported Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Lovie Smith (Link)

Offensive Coordinator: Garrick McGee (Link)

Defensive Coordinator: Hardy Nickerson (Link)

Offensive Line Coach: Luke Butkus (Link)

Wide Receivers Coach: Andrew Hayes-Stoker (Link)

Running Backs Coach: EMPTY

Defensive Line Coach: Mike Phair (Returning)

Linebackers Coach: EMPTY

Secondary Coach: EMPTY

Recruiting Coordinator: EMPTY