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."
Illinois Coach Tim Beckman on Tenuta's decision:
"I've known Jon for many years and was definitely looking forward to having him on our staff. But, we list family as one of our top priorities and part of the foundation of our program, and Coach Tenuta is putting his family at the forefront of this decision. I wish Jon nothing but the best and I am quite confident we will continue to put together the best possible Fighting Illini football coaching staff."