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You'll have to excuse Mike Bellamy if he's a little dizzy. You would be too if you'd partaken in Bellamy's rapid ride up the career ladder.

After a playing career that took him through the NFL and NFL Europe ended in 1996, Bellamy left the game of football to, as his Illinois bio puts it, help his wife, Tanya, build a successful beauty-industry business in Atlanta. He jumped back into coaching at Sprayberry High School in the Atlanta area, where he coached wide receivers and specialists while serving as the passing game coordinator from 2008-10. A year later, he was the wide receivers and specialists coach at Clark - Atlanta University. A year after that, Tim Beckman called Bellamy back to his alma mater to serve as the Fighting Illini's assistant director of player personnel and relations. 

When Billy Gonzales left Champaign for Mississippi State, Beckman tabbed Bellamy, a former All-Big Ten wideout and All-American returner at Illinois, to lead the current flock of Fighting Illini wide receivers. 

Illinois' cameras tracked Bellamy during his first spring on an FBS campus with whistle in hand.