Illinois gives Cubit a raise, contract extension

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Cubit now Illinois' new offensive coordinator says his running game will look a lot more like the straight-ahead attacks closely associated with the Big Ten. "It's more downhill runs," Cubit said Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. "Look, a good run may be just one yard. You get us in a second and nine, that's manageable. And keep us in those manageable-type situations. ... Whereas sometimes when you go east and west you can get yourself in a second-and-long really quick." (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois has given offensive coordinator Bill Cubit a raise and extended his contract by a year.

Coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday that Cubit's salary will increase from $400,000 a year to $500,000. Cubit's contract will now run through January 2015.

Cubit said he's looking forward to bringing back a more experienced group of offensive linemen as well as a group of talented quarterbacks that include transfer Wes Lunt.

Illinois went 4-8 this season but the offense was improved under the first-year coordinator. The Illini averaged 426.7 yards a game, fifth best in the Big Ten. They averaged only 296.7 yards a game last year.

Cubit came to Illinois after he lost his head-coaching job at Western Michigan.