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  • Illinois' Chase Brown entering NFL draft

    ESPN "Illinois junior running back Chase Brown is entering the 2023 NFL draft and will not play in the ReliaQuest Bowl against No. 22 Mississippi State on Jan. 2, the school announced Friday. Brown, ranked as the No. 9 running back in the draft by ESPN's Mel..." December 23

  • Illinois signs Bret Bielema to new 6-year deal through 2028

    ESPN "Illinois coach Bret Bielema, who this season guided the team to its highest wins total since 2007, has agreed to a new contract through the 2028 season. Bielema, who is 13-11 in his second season at Illinois, will receive an annual salary increase from $4.3 million this season to..." December 20

  • Purdue names Illinois DC Ryan Walters as new head coach

    ESPN "Purdue has named Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters, who oversaw the nation's No. 1 unit for much of the season, as its next head coach. Walters, 36, has spent the past two seasons at Illinois and was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the..." December 13

  • Illinois defense grows into one of nation’s best by adopting hungry, businesslike approach

    The Athletic "“Eat crumbs,” Kevin Kane tells his players. “Stay hungry. Don’t eat the whole piece right now.” As coaching cliches go, this is a new one. A necessary one, perhaps. Illinois isn’t just good on defense this year. It is flat-out dominant,..." October 13

  • Illinois to start Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito at QB

    Syracuse.com "For the second consecutive year, Tommy DeVito is entering the college football season as an orange and blue-wearing starting quarterback. Illinois coach Bret Bielema announced Thursday that the former Syracuse football QB will be the team’s starter for its..." August 25