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Former Illinois wide receiver coach Mike Bellamy headed to Mississippi State

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Bellamy was one of programs few bright spots under Tim Beckman.

When Lovie Smith was announced as the new head coach of Fighting Illini football, it was only a matter of time until he established his own coaching staff. While a couple staffers managed to stick around in different roles, just about everyone from the Beckman/Cubit regime was eventually replaced. One casualty of that transition was wide receiver coach Mike Bellamy.

Well on Wednesday the former Illinois assistant announced that he'll be joining the Mississippi State football program. Bellamy didn't specify a particular position, but he'll likely be filling some sort of support role during the 2016 season.

Bellamy, a former Fighting Illini standout, was a Second Team All-American and First Team All-Big Ten receiver in 1989. After graduating in 1990, Bellamy was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles; his professional career included additional stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears, and Oakland Raiders.

So good luck, Mike! I'm sure you'll continue to make all of us proud.