New Illinois coach Tim Beckman has announced the addition of two assistants to his staff, and he's very familiar with both of them.
Alex Golesh and Mike Ward were both on the Toledo staff under Beckman, with Ward serving as assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator and Golesh working with the tight ends coach as well as being the team's recruiting coordinator. Ward is not expected to be the Illini defensive coordinator, while Golesh should continue his role as recruiting coordinator for Beckman.
Beckman said he has filled out most of his staff already but won't announce it until all of the coaches he is hiring are done with their bowl games. Ward and Golesh won't coach in Toledo's Dec. 28 Military Bowl game against Air Force.
Beckman told ESPN.com on Monday night that Wyoming assistant and former Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon will not be joining his staff, as had been rumored.