Long Hired at Illinois

Arkansas graduate assistant coach Chip Long has accepted a full-time coaching position at Illinois.

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas football graduate assistant coach Chip Long was named the tight ends coach at Illinois on Wednesday.

Long has spent the last two years coaching tight ends as a graduate assistant at Arkansas. Last December he worked with Arkansas' receivers during the team's Liberty Bowl practices after former Razorback assistant Paul Petrino took the offensive coordinator position at Illinois.

Before coming to Arkansas, Long spent two years as a graduate assistant at Louisville, where he worked with both Petrino and current Illinois quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm.

"I'm extremely excited to come to Illinois and have the opportunity to work with a great coaching staff that has high expectations," Long said in a release through the University of Illinois. "I'm fortunate to be coming into a system that I'm very familiar with, having worked with both Coach Petrino and Coach Brohm earlier in my career. They've been terrific mentors as I've broken into the coaching profession and I look forward to working with them again here at Illinois."

Long replaces Greg Nord as the tight ends coach for the Fighting Illini, who finished 3-9 last season. Nord, who left two weeks ago for an assistant job at his alma mater Kentucky, worked with Long for two years while both were on staff at Louisville.

"Chip is an outstanding young coach," Illinois coach Ron Zook said in a release. "He is very knowledgeable of our offense after his experience with Paul Petrino. He's played the position at a high level. Chip brings great energy to an already energized staff."

Long is a graduate of North Alabama University where he was an all-American and all-conference selection at tight end during his senior year in 2005.

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