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Former Illinois coach Bill Cubit is still looking for work at the college level

Good morning! Welcome to the Orange Minute for Monday, August 29.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Minnesota Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

One year ago yesterday, Bill Cubit was named the interim head coach of Illinois football. The former offensive coordinator lasted 12 games in that role before being fired in early March. While a lot has changed in Champaign since then, Cubit’s desire to coach at the collegiate level has evidently remained the same.

"I just love coaching and dealing with the kids," Cubit said. "I want to get into a situation where you can trust people. That’s probably the biggest thing for me right now."

I realize Cubit may be holding out for a more favorable position (i.e. somewhere his son, Ryan, can join him), but I heard about a recent volunteer opening at North Carolina if he really wants to get back into coaching that badly.


Illinois Fighting Illini Links

- Robert’s 22,000-word preview of Illinois Football (Illini Board)

Here it is. The 2016 IlliniBoard football preview. Warning – it’s really, really long. If you print it, it’s 43 pages. Average reading time: 88 minutes.

- Lunt gives stability to Illini offense in transition (State Journal-Register)

"We have a quarterback here that I’ve been very impressed with since the first day I got on campus," McGee said during a recent Big Ten Network interview. "He’s really interested in how the run game fits."

- Good vibes start with Illinois’ defensive recruits (The News-Gazette)

[Lovie] could be the nation’s most relaxed coach on the field. He doesn’t yell and curse, yet he’s in absolute charge. When two seniors grappled in practice, others pulled them apart and Smith simply pointed toward the locker room, and they left.

- Travis Perry: Illinois Football’s Graphics Guy (Illini Inquirer)

"Any time a kid asks for an edit, I'm just trying to give them a picture of what they look like in the orange and blue. So that is an edit."