Illinois Fends Off Nebraska In 30-22 Season Opening Win

CHAMPAIGN — Under a new coach, with fans packed into the stands for the first time since 2019 and its backup quarterback at the helm, Illinois beat Nebraska 30-22 to kick off the 2021 college football season. Illinois starting quarterback Brandon Peters left the game holding his left (non-throwing) shoulder after being sacked hard near […]

Bielema Introduced As New U Of I Football Coach

CHAMPAIGN — Two days after hiring Bret Bielema as new head football coach, the University of Illinois introduced him at a virtual news conference Monday afternoon. Listen to Bret Bielema’s introductory news conference here. Bielema says one of his top priorities will be keeping the top high school football players in the state from going […]

Illinois Hires Bielema As New Football Coach

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois is turning to former Arkansas and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema to lead its football program. Athletic director Josh Whitman announced Bielema’s hiring Saturday morning. He replaces Lovie Smith, who was fired Sunday after compiling a 17-39 record in five seasons. Bielema enjoyed his greatest success as coach at Wisconsin […]