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Illinois Adds Juice Williams to Football Staff

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Juice Williams #7 of the Illinois Fighting Illini throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Juice Williams #7 of the Illinois Fighting Illini throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has hired former Illini quarterback Juice Williams to take over as the team’s director of alumni and former player relations.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman said in a news release Monday that he hopes Williams helps move the program forward. He also noted that the Chicago native still has strong connections in his home city.

Williams said he looks forward to helping Illinois with recruiting and building ties with former players.

Williams is second in career total yardage at Illinois with 10,594 yards. He helped lead the team to the 2008 Rose Bowl.

He takes on part of the role that Matt Sinclair filled until he resigned in February. Sinclair left after pleading not guilty to charges he pointed an unloaded handgun at a vehicle containing other Illini staff members.

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