Former Illinois co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty is expected to be University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen's choice for wide receivers coach.

Beatty was dismissed after one season with the Illini, who finished last in the Big Ten Conference in scoring (16.7 points per game) and last in total offense (296.7 yards per game).

A source close to the UW football program confirmed Beatty as the choice to round out Andersen's first coaching staff with the Badgers. An official announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

Andersen told the State Journal on signing day last Wednesday he hoped to hire a wide receivers coach in the next week, saying at the time he had talked to a couple of candidates and needed to interview a couple more.

"I'd like to have this done in a week," Andersen said at the time. "It's been on hold long enough. We need to get somebody in here for these young men."

Beatty, who also was the quarterbacks coach for the Illini last season, was hired in January 2012 as part of Tim Beckman's first staff at Illinois.

"Chris Beatty is an outstanding person and a good coach," Beckman said in a news release in early January, announcing Beatty would not return. "His family will always be a part of our Illini football family. I wish him the best as he moves forward with his career."

Beatty came to Illinois from Vanderbilt, where he spent one season as wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator.

Prior to that, he spent three seasons at West Virginia as running backs/slot receivers coach and director of recruiting.

He joined West Virginia's staff after spending the 2007 season coaching running backs at Northern Illinois.

He started his college coaching career at Hampton (Va.) University in 2006 as offensive coordinator and mentor to quarterbacks and wide receivers.

He also had a successful tenure as a head coach at three high schools in Virginia.

He led Landstown High School to a 40-2 overall record from 2003-05, reaching the state title game every season. He won a 3A state championship in 2004 with the help of current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

He had a combined mark of 38-16 at North Stafford and Salem from 1998-2002.

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I just hope the Badgers are able to pay him enough money to take the job. It's a tough market to attract quality out of work assistant and head coaches along with professors. they seem to be willing to pick up and leave Madison for a few extra dollars or hours of time off.


Couldn't cut it at Illinois? What, he was too good or something?


I've liked Andersen's other hires, but its hard to get excited about this guy. His tenure at Illinois suggests he's not up to being an offensive coordinator. Let's hope that receiver's coach is his proper niche.

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