Latest Bret Bielema News

No. 24 Mississippi State faces Illinois with heavy hearts

Jan. 01, 2023 10:54 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mississippi State players and staff felt they knew what Mike Leach would want them to do following the Dec. 12 death of the Bulldogs coach due to complications from a heart condition: play in the ReliaQuest Bowl against Illinois. “It has been expressed and they...

Illinois rewards Bielema with new contract through 2028

Dec. 20, 2022 14:44 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois signed coach Bret Bielema to a new six-year contract through 2028 on Tuesday, a big reward for transforming a struggling program into a winner in his second season. Bielema, 13-11 with Illinois, gets a bump in salary from $4.2 million to $6 million....

Purdue hires Illini coordinator Ryan Walters as new coach

Dec. 13, 2022 17:00 PM EST

Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski promised to conduct a national search for Jeff Brohm’s replacement. He found the new guy just across the state line. The Boilermakers announced Tuesday they had hired Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters as their head coach less than a...

Fickell leaves Cincinnati to take over as Wisconsin's coach

Nov. 27, 2022 19:00 PM EST

Wisconsin is bringing Cincinnati's Luke Fickell back to the Big Ten. Athletic director Chris McIntosh announced Sunday that the Badgers had hired Fickell to take over their football program after his successful run with the Bearcats. Fickell posted a 57-18 record in...

Illinois rips Northwestern, falls short in Big Ten West bid

Nov. 26, 2022 20:36 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Safety Sydney Brown returned a touchdown and an interception for scores and Illinois snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-3 rout of Northwestern on Saturday. Brown raced 53 yards for a touchdown after Northwestern quarterback Cole Freeman fumbled, then...

Big Ten West race will be a missed opportunity for some

Nov. 22, 2022 16:14 PM EST

In his usual upbeat way, Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck tried to come to terms with how his team's Big Ten title chances slipped away. “There are some things that we look back on, and you’re always going to circle one or two plays, but none of us wanted it to happen the way that it...

No. 3 Michigan beats Illinois 19-17 after Corum hurts knee

Nov. 19, 2022 17:41 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan survived a pair of scares. Jake Moody made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left, lifting the third-ranked Wolverines to a 19-17 win over Illinois on Saturday. Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) played much of the...

No. 3 Michigan hosts Illinois in Big Ten bruiser

Nov. 17, 2022 15:49 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 3 Michigan hosts Illinois in the Big House on Saturday with plenty at stake for both teams. The Wolverines (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) are aiming to stay perfect before their showdown with No. 2 Ohio State next week for the East Division title and a College...

O'Connell, Durham lead Purdue past No. 21 Illinois 31-24

Nov. 12, 2022 19:48 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Aidan O’Connell and Purdue made a muddled mess of the Big Ten West and the Boilermakers are in decent shape to emerge from it as champions now. O'Connell passed for 237 yards and three scores, two to Payne Durham, and Purdue beat No. 21 Illinois 31-24 on...

Purdue visits No. 21 Illinois in key Big Ten West matchup

Nov. 10, 2022 15:47 PM EST

About 11 months after transferring from Syracuse, quarterback Tommy DeVito has helped to revitalize a long-struggling Illinois offense and lift the team into the Big Ten West lead with three games remaining. DeVito and the No. 21 Illini (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) have an opportunity to...