Bill Cubit receives contract extension

Illinois has awarded offensive coordinator Bill Cubit a raise and contract extension through the 2015 season, the school announced Wednesday.

Cubit oversaw a dramatic improvement with Illinois' offense in his first year on Tim Beckman's staff. The Illini improved from 119th nationally in both yards and points to 52nd in yards and 61st in points. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase led the Big Ten in passing (3,272 yards), and Illinois finished 22nd nationally in pass offense with 64 plays of 20 yards or longer.

Pending board approval, Cubit will earn $500,000 the next two seasons, an increase of $100,000. It would make him the Big Ten's fourth highest-paid offensive coordinator.

"His coaching and play-calling experience was a terrific addition to the program a year ago, and this assures continuity at a very critical position on the staff," Beckman said in a prepared statement.

Cubit had spent the previous eight season as Western Michigan's head coach and also had served as offensive coordinator at Stanford, Rutgers, Missouri and Western Michigan.