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CHAMPAIGN , Ill. (AP) — Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson abruptly resigned Monday, citing personal "health-related circumstances beyond my control."Coach Lovie Smith said Nickerson told him it was in the program's "best interest" to leave. The former NFL linebacker had been defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for more than two seasons after joining Smith and the Illini in 2016.In year three under Smith and Nickerson, the defense has allowed 52.6 points per game during the last three weeks in blowout losses to Purdue, Wisconsin and Maryland — all losses. The Illini lost to Maryland 63-33 on Saturday, giving up more than 700 yards. "Hardy informed me yesterday that he felt it was in the program's best interest to leave our staff," Smith said. "I've known and coached with Hardy for many years, and know what an outstanding person he is. We are all disappointed in the performance of our defense this season, and we all bear responsibility for that. I wish Hardy nothing but the best as he moves forward with his career."The Illini (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten) have been hurt by big plays despite a defense that had returned eight starters this season. Illinois hosts Minnesota (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday."When I was contacted about being offered this job back in 2016, I was excited for the opportunity to come in to coordinate and run Illinois' defense," Nickerson said in a statement provided by the school. "I had every intention of helping put our defensive student-athletes in the best possible position to win, and, ultimately, to make the University of Illinois community and fans proud of our results. Due to health-related circumstances beyond my control I must step aside at this time."Nickerson is the second defensive assistant to leave the team since August. Cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham resigned less than three weeks before the season opener. Abraham and Nickerson both played for Smith in the NFL. Lovie Smith's son Joe Mixon Jersey Limited , Miles, has taken over as an assistant. Smith himself is expected to call plays for the defense for now.Illinois is ranked 106th nationally in scoring defense, 125th in total defense, and 116th and 120th in rushing and pass defense, respectively.In another blow, redshirt defensive tackle Lere Oladipo has been suspended after being arrested in Champaign early Sunday on charges of domestic battery. Oladipo, 20, was arrested in a university parking lot after responding to a call and finding a woman with a minor injury to her lip, according to a spokesman for the University of Illinois police.Oladipo was released Sunday on $1,000 bail, police said. He has played in four games this season, totaling seven tackles, and made one start. CINCINNATI (2-1) at ATLANTA (1-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Falcons by 5 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 2-1 , Atlanta 1-2SERIES RECORD — Bengals lead 8-5LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Falcons 24-10, Sept. 14, 2014LAST WEEK — Bengals lost at Panthers, 31-21; Falcons lost to Saints 43-37, OTAP PRO32 RANKING — Bengals No. 12, Falcons No. 18BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (22), PASS (12).BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (24).FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (21), PASS (11).FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (28), PASS (26).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bengals play third road game in September. Falcons play third straight at home. … Game matches two struggling defenses: Bengals No. 26 A.J. Green Jersey , Falcons No. 27. … RB Joe Mixon sidelined for second straight game after knee surgery. Giovani Bernard ran for 61 yards vs. Panthers. … Bernard had career-high 169 scrimmage yards — 90 rushing, 79 receiving — in Bengals’ 24-10 win over Falcons at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014. … Andy Dalton has 23 career games with 300 yards passing, tied with Boomer Esiason for most in club history. … Bengals have points on last 29 times inside 20-yard line (21 TDs, 8 FGs), longest active streak in NFL. … Bengals’ defense last in NFL on third down, allowing 52 percent conversion rate. … DT Geno Atkins has team-high three sacks and has led NFL interior linemen in sacks last three seasons. … LB Vontaze Burfict serves final of four-game suspension for violating NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. … Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) could miss third straight game. … WR Calvin Ridley had seven catches for 146 yards, team rookie record three TD catches, against Saints. … QB Matt Ryan coming off first career game with five TD passes. … WR Mohamed Sanu had 1,793 yards receiving, 11 TDs with Bengals from 2012-15. … DE Vic Beasley Jr. had first sack of season last week. …. Fantasy tip: Bernard could be good pick against Falcons’ depleted defense, especially in PPR leagues. Saints RB Alvin Kamara had 15 catches for 124 yards and ran for 66 yards last week, and Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey had 14 catches for 102 yards and 37 yards rushing two weeks ago.