Smith to keep 4 members of current Illinois staff


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football coach Lovie Smith says he will retain four members of the staff he inherited when he was hired this month.

Smith confirmed in a news release Tuesday that Tim McGarigle, Mike Phair, Paul Williams and former Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows) will remain on the staff.

McGarigle will continue as linebackers coach and Paul Williams will remain the secondary coach. Both were hired in January by coach Bill Cubit and their futures were unclear after he was fired this month.

Scheelhaase will move from running backs coach to a non-coaching role that has not been determined.

Phair will be the defensive line coach. He had been co-defensive coordinator, but newly hired Hardy Nickerson will lead the defense.

Smith has yet to hire running backs and special teams coaches.