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Illinois names Bill Cubit permanent head coach

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The Illinois Fighting Illini have removed the interim tag from its head coach Bill Cubit today. While giving him the permanent gig, they also signed him to a two-year deal.

The deal will become official once it is approved by the Board of Trustees.

“Bill has stepped in during an extremely difficult period and done an outstanding job in leading our football program since August,” Interim Athletics Director Paul Kowalczyk said. “Our student-athletes have responded in a positive manner and we feel he is the best person at this time to be the head coach. We wanted to allow Bill to make decisions regarding the program as the head coach without the interim title, and lead the Fighting Illini into Saturday’s game without speculation.”

Cubit, who was the team’s offensive coordinator in the summer time before the school fired former head coach Tim Beckman on August 28th. He’s guided the team to a 5-6 record into today’s game.

With a win today at Soldier Field, they team will become bowl eligible. Plus, with this extension, he’ll make $1.2 million per year.

“During the past three months, Coach Cubit has led this team with a steady and experienced hand,” Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson said. “He has earned respect and appreciation from all of us. This move will allow the permanent Athletics Director to evaluate the program at his or her own schedule and make decisions based on those evaluations once that search is completed.”

Cubit has a 90-70-1 record in his collegiate coaching career. He was 34-18-1 from 1992-1996 with Widener then went 51-46 from 2005-12 with Western Michigan. He came to the Fighting Illini in January 2013.

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