Illinois announced the hiring of Tim Banks as co-defensive coordinator Wednesday. Banks spent the past five seasons as a co-defensive coordinator, two at Cincinnati and the previous three at Central Michigan.

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois announced the hiring of Tim Banks as co-defensive coordinator Wednesday.

"Tim Banks is a great fit for the University of Illinois,” Illini coach Tim Beckman said in a prepared statement. "He led an outstanding defense at Central Michigan and made a great improvement at Cincinnati this past season. Tim and I worked together at Bowling Green, and I consider him one of the brightest young coaches in the nation. Tim will run a very aggressive defensive system that will work very well with our personnel.''

Banks spent the past five seasons as a co-defensive coordinator, two at Cincinnati and the previous three at Central Michigan. Under his guidance, the Bearcats improved 33 spots in rushing defense from No. 39 to No. 6 in rushing defense last season from the previous year. In total defense, the Bearcats also jumped from No. 63 to No. 42.

Cincinnati led the nation in tackles for loss last season and ranked No. 2  in sacks.

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