Bielema’s title features traction
Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema’s title got here up on this area on Tuesday, as an possibility for Illinois’ emptiness put forth by Rivals.com nationwide recruiting director Mike Farrell. However the present New York Giants exterior linebackers coach apparently is greater than only a title being thrown round. FootballScoop’s Zach Barnett reported Wednesday that Bielema is among the many people interviewed by Illini athletic director Josh Whitman throughout a Monday-Tuesday stretch. The 50-year-old Bielema, who went 68-24 at Wisconsin, was fired at Arkansas after the 2017 season.
Leipold: ‘By no means say by no means’
Buffalo coach Lance Leipold, one of the vital common names tied to the Illini opening, made a Wednesday look on CBS Sports activities Radio’s “The Jim Rome Present.” Rome requested Leipold if he’d choose up the telephone if any high-major groups with an obtainable job got here calling. “It’s flattering. It helps our program,” mentioned Leipold, who will coach the Bulls in Friday night time’s Mid-American Convention title recreation towards Ball State. “You by no means say by no means. However, once more, we need to fear about the place we’re at, and we have now extra work to do right here and sit up for doing it.”
Leman gives suggestion
Former Illinois linebacker J Leman at all times is keen to weigh in on issues involving his alma mater. That features who its subsequent soccer coach will likely be. “Greg McMahon is a good rent,” the BTN analyst informed The Information-Gazette. McMahon, a Rantoul native and former Illini and NFL assistant, is LSU’s particular groups coordinator. “Coached Illinois to a Large Ten championship (in 2001). Received a Tremendous Bowl (with New Orleans in 2009). Received a nationwide championship (with LSU in 2019). I like him.”
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