DC Vic Koenning Leaving Illini; Headed to North Carolina? Auburn? Troy?

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Before Vic Koenning took over the Illini defense in 2010, the unit was among the worst in college football.  Under Koenning, the 2011 Illini finished second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in total defense.

“Y’all know me,’’ Koenning said. “I’m only as good as the staff. The success we had this year was because of us. It was the defensive staff and the players.’

It’s a shame Vic has to go; it really is. New Head Coach Tim Beckman offered him the chance to keep the defensive coordinator job, but Koenning turned it down.

Nothing definite announced for Koenning‘s future job but he clearly has some options. According to Carolina Blue:

Sources close to the situation report that Illinois interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is expected to join Larry Fedora’s staff at UNC.

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Illinois Fighting Ilini Season Preview: Defense

If there’s one thing I know in life, it’s that Illinois college football never ever conforms to your expectations. No one saw their two BcS appearances coming (2001, 2007); and since they followed both seasons up with sub .500 choking, both these bowl appearances are now looked upon as fluky. Whenever Illinois has been predicted to do well (2000, 2002, 2008, 2009) they fell flat on their faces. And their bowl wins (last year, 1999) come in seasons when everyone predicts them to finish near the Big Ten basement.

And I know a lot about this stuff.

My first ever sports memory was their destruction at the hands of UCLA in the 1984 Rose Bowl. I attended my first Illini game in 1991. In addition to covering the team for the school paper when I was in school there, two of my older siblings went to UI. In other words, it’s “my team,” and one of the three teams I cover regularly.

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