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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
NC State's Tenuta has change of heart

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

A day after being named Illinois' defensive coordinator, NC State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta has decided to remain in Raleigh for family reasons, Illinois announced on Wednesday.

"From the top, I want to say that Illinois is a great program and I think the world of (coach) Tim Beckman," Tenuta said in a statement. "I've known Beck for 20 years and I have no doubt that with the staff he is putting together, he will have Illinois at the top of the Big Ten very soon.

"However, my family comes first and I may have made a decision without fully thinking through the situation with them. My son is a senior in high school and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at NC State, and it is something I just don't want to miss. I was one of the first people to contact Beck and congratulate him on the opportunity at Illinois, and I wish him and the Illini nothing but the best."