By Retaining Coordinators, Illini Football Wins And Loses

CubitThursday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) For the Illinois football team, .500 is an improvement.

But when it comes to retaining the program’s coordinators, is it also a victory?
With the news on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will be back with the team next season, Illini fans should be thrilled. That’s a win.

On the flip side, however, Cubit’s retention was countered with the perplexing – and vexing – confirmation that Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks will be back next season as well. That’s a loss.

And when taken together, Illini head coach Tim Beckman had better hope that that the talents of those two men don’t simply result in a wash in 2014. You know, like it did this season.

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