Illini officially hire Bill Cubit as OC

Illinois officially announced Monday what we told you about more than a week ago: former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit is the team's new offensive coordinator.

Cubit replaces co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty, who was not retained following the Illini's 2-10 season. Billy Gonzales, who was co-offensive coordinator last season, will move to full time receivers coach, the school announced.

Here's what Illinois head coach Tim Beckman had to say in the official release.

“I am very excited to have an experienced coach like Bill Cubit join the Illini football staff as he has always been known to have an outstanding football mind,” Beckman said. “I’ve known Bill and coached against him for several years. He has had many extremely productive offensive teams during his career. Bill has called plays for many years as an offensive coordinator and as a head coach, and has developed several outstanding quarterbacks.”

Cubit went 51-47 in eight years as Western Michigan head coach, which included a 24-7 loss to the Illini in last season's opener. His 2011 team set just about every offensive school record. Cubit has 32 years of coaching experience, including 17 years as a head coach in college and high school, and he has been an offensive coordinator at Stanford (2003-04), Rutgers (2001-02) and Missouri (2000).

He'll have his work cut out for him with an Illinois offense that finished ahead of only one team in the entire FBS in both yards per game (296.7) and points per game (16.7).

Cubit will meet with the media on Wednesday.