Snider spent the last 16 seasons coaching at Illinois, including the last six as associate head coach. He's been very close with Hartleb over the last decade-and-a-half, and Hartleb says it was tough to see Snider go.
"As good of a coach as he is, you know at some point he's going to get an opportunity to improve his situation," Hartleb sad. "So I'm not blindsided from that standpoint. Eric has never been a person who has gone out and pursued jobs because he's been very happy here. This was a job that pursued him and it's a great opportunity for him."
Hartleb says he has already begun a national search for Snider's replacement. They hope to have it filled within the next few weeks.
Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.