Gonzales to be Illinois offensive coordinator
LSU receivers coach/passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales, who worked with new Illinois coach Tim Beckman on Urban Meyer's staff at Bowling Green, has agreed to become offensive coordinator at Illinois, multiple sources confirmed Wednesday.
``This is a great promotion for Billy,'' LSU coach Les Miles said. ``Billy will do a great job as an offensive coordinator. This is a tremendous opportunity for him and his family.''
This will be the first opportunity for Gonzales, 40, who's considered an excellent recruiter, to work as an offensive coordinator.
Gonzales also worked for Meyer in 2003-04 at Utah, where he was receivers coach and special teams coordinator, and in 2005-09 at Florida, where he was recruiting coordinator and receivers coach.
A Colorado native who was a wide receiver at Colorado State, Gonzales began his coaching career at MacMurray College in Downstate Jacksonville in 1994.
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