Illinois hires NC State's Tenuta as DC

Illinois has hired NC State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta as defensive coordinator, according to an announcement from Illinois. Tenuta spent the past two seasons as linebackers coach at NC State, but it's no coincidence that the Pack's defense has shown dramatic improvement since he was hired.

This is going to be a significant loss for NC State, and Tenuta must have wanted to be a coordinator again because sources say he had a pretty lucrative package for an assistant. Tenuta was an assistant coach Tom O'Brien definitely wanted to keep around.