CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham resigned on Tuesday citing personal reasons, just two and a half weeks before the team’s first game.
“Donnie informed me that he felt it was in his best interest to leave our staff,” Illinois head coach Lovie Smith said. “I fully support his decision and wish him the best moving forward. Our current coaching staff will absorb his responsibilities.”
The former NFL cornerback only spent one season with the Illini. He coached safeties in 2017 before being moved to cornerbacks before this season, following Gill Byrd’s hire. This was Abraham’s first college coaching position.
“I want to thank the University of Illinois, Josh Whitman, the athletic department and Coach Smith for opening the door and giving me an opportunity to coach in the Big Ten,” Abraham said. “I will greatly miss the players, coaches and staff that I have had the privilege of working with this past year and a half. I know great things are on the horizon for this University and football team. This time away will allow me the opportunity to return to Florida and be a part of my son’s senior year in high school. Again, I wish the University of Illinois and this football program nothing but the best.”