Bret Bielema reportedly hiring former Illini player, NC State assistant to join Illinois staff
A former Illinois wide receiver is reportedly making his way back to Champaign to join Bret Bielema’s staff.
FootballScoop and 247Sports are reporting that NC State assistant head coach George McDonald is expected to take a job on Bielema’s Illinois staff. McDonald has spent the last six seasons with the Wolfpack and has held titles such as passing game coordinator, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
McDonald is expected to become a wide receivers coach for the Fighting Illini. Neither Illinois nor NC State have made an official mention of his departure at this time.
As a player in the 1990s, McDonald was a wide receiver and totaled 57 catches for 589 yards and 4 touchdowns and also fielded 57 kickoffs for 1,276 yards.
During the course of his coaching career, McDonald has had stops at Ball State, Northern Illinois, Stanford, Western Michigan, Minnesota, Miami, Syracuse and NC State at the college level. He also was a wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns.
Bringing a former Illinois player onto the staff should prove to be an advantage in developing wide receivers, as well as aiding on the recruiting front. It’s unclear whether or not McDonald will have a second title if he takes the job with the Illini.