Illinois will be playing Mississippi State in the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2. There will be someone on the team that will be stepping into a brand new role afterwards.

Artur Sitkowksi is planning on becoming a student assistant for Illinois immediately after the final whistle sounds. This all started a couple of seasons ago while he was at Rutgers. Sitkowski knew that he wanted to coach football for the rest of his life following a summer meeting while playing for the Scarlet Knights.

“I remember sitting in that chair and being like, ’OK, this is what I want to do the rest of my life. I’m young. I’m 22. There’s a long way to go to get to a certain point and I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work. At that moment I’m like, ‘All right, I’m going to coach football.’ I love this game and I love the impact you can have on someone’s life. The people who have had an impact on my life through this game have made me the person I am today. I want to have that same impact on someone and the people I meet in this profession.”

It looks like Sitkowski knows what he wants to do after college. Kickoff from the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 2 will be at noon ET on ESPN2.

(H/T 247Sports)