Kansas State's Koenning to be named Illini defensive coordinator
After a listening to a late recruiting pitch by Georgia Thursday night, Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will be named Illinois defensive coordinator at a 1 p.m. press conference Friday in Memorial Stadium, a source close to the Illinois football program said.
Georgia is still searching after getting turned down by Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, a native of Nokomis.
Illinois has only the defensive coordinator position open after coach Ron Zook fired four assistants last Friday following a 3-9 season. Earlier this week, Illinois added offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm and tight ends coach Greg Nord.
The Illini plan to hire a lone coordinator on defense following the demotion of co-coordinators Dan Disch and Curt Mallory to position coaches. At Kansas State, Koenning and Chris Cosh led a defense that ranked 40th nationally and 16th in rushing defense. The previous season, Kansas State ranked 117th in total defense.
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