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Thursday, December 4, 2003
Illini suffered 5th-worst run defense

Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois defensive coordinator Mike Cassity was fired Thursday, less than two weeks after the Illini finished a 1-11 season, their worst since 1997.

Illinois gave up an average of 427 yards a game, second-worst in the Big Ten. The Illini were last in the conference and eighth-worst in the country against the run, allowing almost five yards per carry and 223 yards per game.

Before Cassity came to Illinois in 2001, he was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State for two seasons.