Illini suffered 5th-worst run defense

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois defensive coordinator Mike
Cassity was fired Thursday, less than two weeks after the Illini
finished a 1-11 season, their worst since 1997.

Illinois gave up an average of 427 yards a game, second-worst in
the Big Ten. The Illini were last in the conference and
eighth-worst in the country against the run, allowing almost five
yards per carry and 223 yards per game.

Before Cassity came to Illinois in 2001, he was the defensive
coordinator at Oklahoma State for two seasons.