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Vic Koenning turns down Illinois' offer

Updated: December 14, 2011, 6:39 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Defensive coordinator and interim head coach Vic Koenning has turned down an offer to stay at Illinois.

Koenning, a fan and player favorite after two seasons in which the defense was a strength for Illinois, declined an offer to remain coordinator for new head coach Tim Beckman.

"After a great deal of prayer and discussion with my family, I feel it is best to explore other opportunities," Koenning said Wednesday in a statement, not specifying where he's headed. ...

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