Report: Illinois State hires assistant Rob Judson

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

Rob Judson will replace his former boss, Tim Jankovich, at Illinois State.

The Pantagraph reported that Judson, 54, will be introduced as the new Redbirds coach early this week. has been unable to confirm the report.

Judson has been an assistant under Tim Jankovich, who left to be the coach-in-waiting at SMU, for the past five seasons. Judson was also the head coach at Northern Illinois for six years, where he had a 74-101 record.

Illinois State athletic director Gary Freidman chose Judson over Vanderbilt assistant and Illinois State alum Dan Muller and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti, who was an assistant at Illinois State earlier in his career.

Illinois State was 21-14 this past season, returns nearly everyone of note and is expected to contend for the Missouri Valley title this year. One of the keys for Judson will be to make sure that talented freshman guard Nic Moore, who was contemplating transferring, stays in Normal.

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