A Big Ten football program has suffered a major personnel loss heading into 2019.
Northwestern is one of the Big Ten programs on the rise, as the Wildcats are coming off a Big Ten Championship Game appearance.
Pat Fitzgerald's program has a major personnel move to make heading into the 2019 season, though.
Northwestern has lost its coveted director of player personnel, Chris Bowers, to Eastern Illinois.
"Northwestern director of player personnel @Coach_Bowers is joining Adam Cushing at #EasternIlinois as the team’s new defensive coordinator. He returns to the field after serving as DC for Division II Concord University in 2010," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports.
College football insider Bruce Feldman says this is a major loss for Northwestern.
"That's a big loss for Northwestern. Chris Bowers did a terrific job helping stock the Wildcats roster with really good under the radar talent," he tweeted.
Northwestern is set to play No. 17 Utah in the Holiday Bowl on New Year's Eve. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T.