Illinois assistant coach Ben Miller is taking a leave of absence from the program after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
In a statement, Miller said he was diagnosed early last month and has already undergone a successful surgery.
He said he will begin chemotherapy treatments soon.
“I will remain in communication and be involved with our staff and student-athletes as much as possible,” Miller said. “Thank you to my wife, Meghan, my kids and my extended family for their strength and encouragement. I appreciate Coach Bielema, the staff, and the Illinois athletic department for all the incredible support. I cannot wait to return as soon as possible. I-L-L”
Miller was named Illinois’ special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in January 2021.
He spent the previous 14 years as an assistant coach at Air Force.