Kansas State University

Report: K-State's co-defensive coordinator leaving

MANHATTAN — Kansas State co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is heading to Illinois, according to an ESPN.com report.

Koenning is leaving the Wildcats after one year with the program and will reportedly take over defensive coordinator duties with Illinois. Coach Ron Zook demoted co-defensive coordinators Dan Disch and Curt Mallory last week.

An Illinois official said Koenning had been contacted about the opening and though nothing was official yet, an announcement could be made as early as Friday.

Kansas State officials could not confirm the report. Koenning could not be reached for comment.

Koenning, a K-State graduate, helped the Wildcats significantly improve their defense in his single season coaching them. Two seasons ago, K-State's defense was shredded for close to 500 yards on a weekly basis and ranked 117th nationally. But along with co-defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, he guided a defense this past season that ranked 40th nationally and allowed 339 yards per game.

At K-State, Koenning also coached defensive backs. Cosh coaches linebackers.

Koenning came to K-State following a stint as Clemson's defensive coordinator from 2005-08. Clemson's defense ranked among the top 25 nationally in both scoring and total defense each season he was there.

ESPN.com reported Koenning will earn a similar salary to new Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, who will reportedly make $475,000 annually.

In his lone season at K-State, Koenning was paid $265,000.