Apparently, national JUCO signing day isn’t just for players.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have announced today that offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been given a 1 year extension in a release on their official twitter account. According to the link in the tweet below, Cubit will make a $500,000 a year and will be a member of the Illinois Fighting Illini football family through at least the 2015 season as a result of this extension.
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) December 18, 2013
As you can see in the graphic included in the tweet, Illinois’ offensive national rankings skyrocketed under Cubit’s direction. This extension will give the program stability while providing much needed continuity in offensive direction as the Illini begin their transition away from Nathan Scheelhaase as the starting quarterback next fall.
Scheelhaase had a banner year in Cubit’s system, shattering his previous high for passing yardage in a season by 1,162 yards. Scheelhaase threw for 21 touchdowns, which were the most he had ever thrown in a single season, and he also led the Big Ten in passing yardage per game (272.7 ypg), outpacing Michigan’s Devin Gardner (246.7 ypg) by a full 26 yards per game.
I fully expect that Wes Lunt, or Aaron Bailey, will step in and find similar success because past history shows that capable quarterbacks perform when they get a chance to play in Cubit’s system.
We, at Writing Illini, would like to congratulate Coach Cubit on the well deserved extension. It’s clear that he did more than enough to earn this merit increase following the Illini’s offensive resurgence this season, and based off what we’ve seen so far, the sky appears to be the limit for the offense as long as Cubit is patrolling the sidelines.
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