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Illini hire Brattan as o-line coach

Tribune reporter

Illinois hired former Northwestern assistant Tom Brattan as an offensive line coach.

Brattan, who coached at Northwestern from 1992-98, spent the last 13 years at Maryland. He also served a stint at Stanford.

The 37-year coaching native has a strong recruiting base in Chicago, head coach Tim Beckman said.

"He already has some terrific relationships with high school coaches in the Chicago area, which gives him a great recruiting start in that important region," Beckman said in a statement. "We are very fortunate to find someone with all the characteristics and experience that Tom brings to Illinois."

 Maryland had some of their best offensive moments during Brattan's tenure. The Terrapins broke the single-season school scoring record in 2001 and the single-season total offense record in 2003.

He also helped develop five All-Americans at Maryland.

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