Cubit Receives Contract Extension

No brainer -- Illinois and Cubit agree on contract extension after his dynamic first season in charge.

Bill Cubit will be rewarded for bringing offense back to the Illinois football program.

The offensive coordinator has agreed to a one-year contract extension that will raise his annual salary to $500,000 and will keep him on staff through the 2015 season.

"Bill Cubit proved to us why he is considered one of the top offensive coaches in the nation after our offense made dramatic improvement from 2012," Illinois coach Tim Beckman said.

In Beckman's first season in 2012 the Illini struggled to establish an identity on offense, averaging less than 300 yards per game. Cubit came in during the offseason and dramatically improved performance. The Illini averaged 426.7 yards and improved 58 spots (119th to 61st) in scoring offense with nearly 30 points per game.

While Cubit acknowledged the success in his first campaign, he's diverted to the potential the future holds.

"I'm very excited to be able to continue what we began building this past season," Cubit said. "We're looking forward to a lot of success next season. We have a very good core group of linemen, tight ends and running backs returning, and a talented and deep group of quarterbacks to start with. We'll be looking for some wide receivers to emerge this spring and summer, but I certainly don't expect a drop off in 2014."

Cubit directed quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase on a resurgent season. The senior led the Big Ten with 272.7 passing yards per game and finished his career with the most total yards in school history. Wes Lunt or Aaron Bailey will take over next season. And now with the news of the contract extension, pending UI Board of Trustees approval, Cubit will be around for at least two more seasons. "His coaching and play-calling experience was a terrific addition to the program a year ago, and this assures continuity at a very critical position on the staff," Beckman said. "Bill and his wife, Nancy, are an incredible couple who are very involved with our football family and the Champaign-Urbana community. I'm very happy that we were able to do this for Bill."

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