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Illinois Hires New Defensive Coordinator
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has hired Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning to run its defense.

Koenning said at a Friday news conference that Illinois has the talent to improve after going 3-9 last season. The Illini defense also gave up a conference-worst 30 points a game.

Under Koenning, Kansas State gave up 28.4 points and 349.9 yards a game last season.

Koenning was 5-29 as head coach at Wyoming and he also coached at Clemson.

Illinois has fired four of Ron Zook's assistants. Besides Keonning, the Illini have hired offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and offensive assistants Jeff Brohm and Greg Nord.

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