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Friday, January 16, 2009
Illinois hires O-line coach, MSU moves game

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Two quick items for you before the weekend. 

In a statement Gilbert said he felt "fortunate to be coming in at the same time as coach Schultz so we can carry on the successful offense that has already been created. I was able to watch film on my visit and I am excited about the young players coming back and the chance I have to help them grow as players and people."
Gilbert replaces Eric Wolford, who left Illinois for South Carolina. 
"The economic climate has changed dramatically in the last seven months, and considering the financial risks, it was in the best interest of all parties for this game to be played on campus," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement.
The relocation gives Michigan State seven home games next fall. Western Michigan's game against Illinois on Nov. 8 at Ford Field drew an announced crowd of 12,865.