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WCIA — Illinois wide receivers coach George McDonald is leaving his alma mater for Ole Miss. McDonald has been with the Illini for the past three seasons, one of head coach Bret Bielema’s original hires in Champaign. McDonald will also coach receivers for the Rebels, along with taking over passing game coordinator duties.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) February 1, 2024
“As an Illinois graduate and former player, George will always be a part of the Illini famILLy,” Illinois head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “We wish him, his wife Heather, and boys Roman and Maverick the best. When George made the decision, we immediately started the process to identify the best staff to develop and recruit our Illini student-athletes. The position is a coveted opportunity that received immediate interest from coaches around the NFL and college football. As with any transition, we are excited for the opportunity to improve our program. I-L-L.”