EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) _ Former Illinois coach Lou Tepper has been hired as the coach at NCAA Division II Edinboro.

Tepper, who had a 25-31-2 record and three bowl appearances at Illinois, on Friday became the Fighting Scots' 12th head coach.

``You win with people and attitude,'' Tepper said. ``I'm looking forward to beginning that long process.''

Tepper was fired after a 2-9 season in 1996, the Illini's worst since 1968. That record included 1-7 in the Big Ten. His six years at Illinois included the school's first win over Michigan in 27 years, and his defenses included NFL players Simeon Rice and Kevin Hardy.

Tepper later worked as defensive coordinator at Louisiana State. Tepper is a native of Keystone, Pa., and former football graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.

Edinboro fired coach Tom Hollman on Nov. 16 after a 4-7 season and a 65-16 loss to Bloomsburg in the Fighting Scots' last game.