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As the independent investigation into Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman continues, one former player feels good enough about his former coach to come back to the program.

According to a Tuesday report from the Champaign News-Gazette, former Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will rejoin the Illini as the assistant director of football operations.

The job is one that was formerly held by another ex-Illini QB, Juice Williams, who took the gig a year ago when Scheelhaase turned it down.

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Scheelhaase was a four-year starter at quarterback under both Beckman and his predecessor, Ron Zook. In his four years running the Illini offense, Scheelhaase accumulated 10,634 yards of total offense, leaving as the program's all-time leader in that category. He also ranks third on the school's all-time passing yardage list (8,568).

Scheelhaase hasn't sent out any personal tweets voicing his opinion on the situation involving former teammate Simon Cvijanovic and the accusations toward Beckman and his staff, but he did retweet many tweets sent out by other former teammates supporting Beckman and the program.