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Beckman short another coach; Butkus bolts for FIU


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Posted Online: Jan. 10, 2013, 5:16 pm
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Illinois coach Tim Beckman now needs to fill two vacancies on his offensive staff.

Offensive line coach Luke Butkus has left his alma mater to join his former Illini coach Ron Turner as the offensie line coach and run-game coordinator at Florida International University, the programs announced Thursday.

"The biggest reason why I am so excited to join FIU and Ron Turner is that he gave me my first opportunity to play college football (at Illinois), then the chance to coach with the Chicago Bears," said Butkus in a statement. "Having the chance to play for him and work for him, I respect the way he manages the football program. I can't wait to get started with him again at FIU."

The announcement comes on the heels of Beckman dismissing co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty earlier this week.

Butkus, a former three-year starter at center for Illinois from 1999-2001, joined Beckman's staff in his first season this year.

Butkus, the nephew of Illini and Bears great Dick Butkus, also worked as an assistant line coach for the Bears under Lovie Smith from 2007-09.
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