Rod Smith

Illinois names Rod Smith offensive coordinator, Cory Patterson tight ends coach

Illinois names Rod Smith offensive coordinator, Cory Patterson tight ends coach

Illinois coach Lovie Smith bolstered his offensive staff Friday by hiring a Rich Rodriguez protege as coordinator and dipping into the high school ranks for a new tight ends coach.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rod Smith has spent 10 of his 22 years in coaching under Rodriguez, including the last six seasons as co-offensive coordinator at Arizona. Rodriguez was fired earlier this month amid a sexual harassment allegation. Rod Smith also played quarterback for Rodriguez at NAIA Glenville State in the mid-1990s.

“Rod Smith brings terrific and exciting offensive experience to our staff,” Lovie Smith said in a statement. “His background and development of...

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