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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Jon Tenuta to stay at NC State

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

A day after being named Illinois' defensive coordinator, Jon Tenuta has decided to remain at North Carolina State 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."

Beckman had touted Tenuta's coaching experience and defensive knowledge when his hiring was announced Tuesday. Tenuta has been the Wolfpack's linebackers coach for the past two seasons. He was previously the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Ohio State, among other places.

Illinois is trying to fill four staff vacancies, including the roles of offensive and defensive coordinator.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.