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Illinois reportedly shakes up coaching staff with removal of Garrick McGee

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The pressure to start making some improvements to the Illinois football program have led to head coach Lovie Smith making some staff changes. According to a  report from, Illinois has let go of offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.

McGee joined the coaching staff in 2016 after two seasons as an offensive coordinator at Louisville and two years as the head coach at UAB. The veteran coach was expected to help shape the Illinois offense as Smith took over the program, but those changes and improvements never took off with the Illini. Illinois had the nation’s 127th-ranked offense in 2017 and 123rd-ranked offense in 2016. The Illini averaged just 15.4 points per game this season and had the Big Ten’s worst rushing offense.

Per the report from Football Scoop, Illinois is also moving on from defensive backs coach Paul Williams.

The changes come just after the early signing period saw Illinois land the 12th-best class in the Big Ten, with a few more possible holes to plug by the time the next signing period comes around in February.