Illinois running backs coach Thad Ward is reportedly leaving Champaign for a position at Temple.
FootballScoop reported on Wednesday that Ward is leaving the Illini after three seasons to become the wide receivers coach at Temple. He is also expected to have another title with the program, though those details are not yet clear.
Ward was considered one of the top recruiters on Illinois’ staff and had strong connections in the Chicago area. Illinois was the first time he had coached on a Power Five staff.
Prior to coaching running backs with the Illini, Ward spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach at Northern Illinois (2013-15). He was also a receivers coach at Western Michigan (2012) and Gardner-Webb (2011). From 2005-2010, Ward was the running backs coach at Western Illinois.
Ward helped coach running back Reggie Corbin to a 1,000-yard season, the first Illinois ball carrier to eclipse the mark since 2010.