Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/14/11
Before Vic Koenning took over the Illini defense in 2010, the unit was among the worst in college football.  Under Koenning, the 2011 Illini finished second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in total defense. “Y’all know me,’’ Koenning said. “I’m only as good as the staff. The success we had this year was because of us. It was the defensive staff and the players.’ It’s a shame Vic has to go; it really is. New Head Coach Tim Beckman offered him the chance to keep the defensive coordinator job, but Koenning turned it down. Nothing definite announced for Koenning‘s future job but he clearly has some options. According to Carolina Blue: Sources close to the situation report that Illinois interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is expected to join Larry Fedora’s staff at UNC. He’s mentioned Auburn and Troy as potential landing spots. Koenning will continue to lead the Fighting Illini through their game against UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Fran...
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