Burning Bridges

With spring drills set to begin Tuesday, offensive line coach Jim Bridge is leaving for Purdue.

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois continued it's slow shuffle out of the gate for spring football Tuesday with offensive line coach Jim Bridge leaving to join the staff at Purdue, FOX Sports NEXT has confirmed.

Hired in January, Bridge leaves Champaign having never led Fighting Illini linemen through a single drill.

Illinois begins spring drills Tuesday after enduring a staggering amount of turnover on staff after going 2-10 in 2012. Tim Beckman added five new coaches in the offseason, Bridge included, who filled the position left vacant by Luke Butkus.

"I'm very excited to work with an outstanding coach and man in Tim Beckman," Bridge said at the time. "Illinois is a great fit for me, personally, and Coach Beckman has assembled an outstanding staff."

Bridge's departure is the second bit of bad news to strike Illinois in the last 24 hours. Beckman announced that wideout Darius Millines had been suspended for a violation of team rules. His status with the team will be re-evaluated in May, Beckman said.

Illinois completed it's staff a week ago with the hiring of defensive line coach Al Seamonson. He joined Bridge, wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, offensive line coach Jim Bridge and Colby as new additions.

The Illini must now find a new offensive line coach. It's unclear at this time how the staff will handle the offensive linemen until a replacement is found.

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