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Former Illini DC Tim Banks lands at PSU

Former Illini defensive coordinator joins James Franklin's staff at Penn State

Former Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks is staying in the Big Ten.

Penn State on Monday officially announced Banks as its new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Banks was the longest-serving member of Tim Beckman's original Illini staff, serving as defensive coordinator the past four seasons (2012-2015). Banks' defenses allowed more than 34.0 points per game in both 2013 (34.0 ppg) and 2014 (35.4 ppg), respectively,  but took a big step forward (23.2 ppg) last season.

Despite that, Banks and Illini head coach BIll Cubit decided to part ways last month, so Banks could "pursue other opportunities. Cubit promoted co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Mike Phair to defensive coordinator.

Banks is familiar with Penn State head coach James Franklin as both served on the Maryland staff during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

"I am excited to have Tim join our Penn State Football family," Franklin said. "Tim and I worked together at Maryland and built a great relationship there. He is a veteran coach with experience as a Big Ten coordinator and has strong Big Ten and regional recruiting ties. He is a fantastic person and will have a strong impact on our players and our program. We would like to welcome Tim and his wife, Robin, to Happy Valley."

"I am excited about having an opportunity to work with Coach Franklin and his staff," Banks said. "James is one of the brightest football minds in the country and it was just an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Growing up in the Midwest, I saw Penn State play on TV almost every weekend and I know the history and tradition that this program has, so this is very much an honor and a humbling experience to join the Penn State family."

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Banks was the longest-serving member of Tim Beckman's original Illini staff, serving as defensive coordinator the past four seasons (2012-2015). Banks' defenses allowed more than 34.0 points per game in both 2013 (34.0 ppg) and 2014 (35.4 ppg), respectively,  but took a big step forward (23.2 ppg) last season.

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Despite that, Banks and Illini head coach BIll Cubit decided to part ways last month, so Banks could \"pursue other opportunities. Cubit promoted co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Mike Phair to defensive coordinator.

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Banks is familiar with Penn State head coach James Franklin as both served on the Maryland staff during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

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\"I am excited to have Tim join our Penn State Football family,\" Franklin said. \"Tim and I worked together at Maryland and built a great relationship there. He is a veteran coach with experience as a Big Ten coordinator and has strong Big Ten and regional recruiting ties. He is a fantastic person and will have a strong impact on our players and our program. We would like to welcome Tim and his wife, Robin, to Happy Valley.\"

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\"I am excited about having an opportunity to work with Coach Franklin and his staff,\" Banks said. \"James is one of the brightest football minds in the country and it was just an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Growing up in the Midwest, I saw Penn State play on TV almost every weekend and I know the history and tradition that this program has, so this is very much an honor and a humbling experience to join the Penn State family.\"

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Former Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks is staying in the Big Ten.

Penn State on Monday officially announced Banks as its new co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.

Welcome Tim Banks to the Nittany Lion family – Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach! https://t.co/dT9fCHpPNv pic.twitter.com/5Ik5sPbqZA

— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 18, 2016

Banks was the longest-serving member of Tim Beckman's original Illini staff, serving as defensive coordinator the past four seasons (2012-2015). Banks' defenses allowed more than 34.0 points per game in both 2013 (34.0 ppg) and 2014 (35.4 ppg), respectively, but took a big step forward (23.2 ppg) last season.

Despite that, Banks and Illini head coach BIll Cubit decided to part ways last month, so Banks could \"pursue other opportunities. Cubit promoted co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Mike Phair to defensive coordinator.

Banks is familiar with Penn State head coach James Franklin as both served on the Maryland staff during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

\"I am excited to have Tim join our Penn State Football family,\" Franklin said. \"Tim and I worked together at Maryland and built a great relationship there. He is a veteran coach with experience as a Big Ten coordinator and has strong Big Ten and regional recruiting ties. He is a fantastic person and will have a strong impact on our players and our program. We would like to welcome Tim and his wife, Robin, to Happy Valley.\"

\"I am excited about having an opportunity to work with Coach Franklin and his staff,\" Banks said. \"James is one of the brightest football minds in the country and it was just an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Growing up in the Midwest, I saw Penn State play on TV almost every weekend and I know the history and tradition that this program has, so this is very much an honor and a humbling experience to join the Penn State family.\"

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