"[My] playing days are over," Barlow said. "It's time to focus on a national championship here, and bring in one of those. We've got some Big Tens. We got a runner up, but we need that big one."
Barlow is a familiar face to Illini fans. He played for head coach Mike Small and helped Illinois to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2009 and 2010.
"He helped lay this foundation for what's going on now," said Small. "So I think that's a big asset for him and for our program. And above all else I think he wants to be a head coach."
This will be Barlow's first collegiate coaching job after spending last year as a teaching professional.
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