Offensive line coach Butkus reportedly leaving Illinois for FIU

It appears that more changes are coming to the coaching staff for Illinois' offense.

Offensive line coach Luke Butkus is reportedly leaving Illinois to join Florida International University, which hired former Illinois head coach Ron Turner to lead the team last week.

Butkus will be joining his former head coach, as he played under Turner from 1998-2001 as an Illini.

The offensive lineman was a team captain in 2001 and helped lead Illinois to a Big Ten championship and appearance in the Sugar Bowl.

Illinois neither confirmed nor denied the report.

The move would make Butkus the second Illinois assistant coach to leave the football program in the past week. Co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty was fired on Saturday after one season with the team.

Butkus spent one year as a coach at Illinois, where his offensive line struggled to maintain consistency, albeit all five starters were injured at some point during the season.

Illinois quarterbacks were the most sacked in the Big Ten — 39 times for 249 yards — and Illinois was next-to-last in the conference in rushing yards.

Jamal can be reached at and @jamalcollier.

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