Florida State conference foe NC State appeared to be on the verge of losing well-respected defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta to the same position at Illinois on Tuesday.
But by Wednesday afternoon, that proved not to be the case. Tenuta, who guided a Wolfpack defense that finished the 2011 season ranked 41st overall, 5th in turnover margin and tied for eighth in sacks, decided to stay in Raleigh, NC.
FSU plays at NC State in 2012.
Courtesy of the Illinois Athletics Department:
Jan. 4, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After being named to the Illinois football staff Tuesday, Jon Tenuta had a change of heart and said Wednesday that he will now remain at North Carolina State for family reasons.
"From the top, I want to say that Illinois is a great program and I think the world of Tim Beckman," Tenuta said. "I've known Beck for 20 years and I have no doubt that with the staff he is putting together, he will have Illinois at the top of the Big Ten very soon. However, my family comes first and I may have made a decision without fully thinking through the situation with them. My son is a senior in high school and has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at N.C. State, and it is something I just don't want to miss. I was one of the first people to contact Beck and congratulate him on the opportunity at Illinois, and I wish him and the Illini nothing but the best."