Coaching Staff Complete; LouHernandez Returns as Strength and Conditioning Coach

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The Illini have hired Mike Bellamy to return as the running back coach, after doing a tremendous job here and at Toledo as a WR coach and recruiter. They promoted Bob McClain to OL coach from quality assessment.  He worked with Rod Smith at Michigan and West Virginia,  and has been a highly successful OL coach at non power 5 conferences. I think they lose a bit there in recruiting, as Butkus had strong ties in Illinois. They have 11 coaches, and Lovie acting as the DC. They also have hired Lou Hernandez back from UNC as strength coach.  This is a great hire. Lou was here under Zook for 7 years, and was hired by UNC after Zook was fired. The UNC coach was fired after this season, and we are lucky to get Lou back. Our guys will be ready physically going forward, and he'll be  someone recruits can relate to.