University of Illinois football has made the moves and are talking the talk. Can they walk the walk?

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Courtesy of Peoria Journal Star

Dec 20, 2020, Brett Bielema was hired as the head football coach to direct the Fighting Illini. He hit the ground running. Calling on coaches getting himself known, and oh yeah, hiring a staff.


Dec 28, 2020, Tony Peterson (54),

Offensive Coordinator, 31 Years coaching experience

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Peterson started his career in 1990 As a Grad Asst. At Kentucky, before returning to his Alma Mater in 1991, he spent the next 8 years coaching Backs, Receivers, Ends, and QBs, eventually Offensive Coordinator in 1998. The next 8 years were at Minnesota as passing game Coordinator, then Offensive Coordinator the next 7 years. He was at Iowa State and South Dakota before going back to Marshall in 2010-2012 as the Asst Head Coach/ Offensive Coordinator.

A Football and Baseball player at Marshall Peterson was drafted in the 16th round of the 1986 MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals as a relief pitcher.

Dec 29, 2020, Bart Miller(35),

Offensive Line Coach

Coaching experience 11 years

courtesy Casper Star Tribune

The one line from his press conference that struck a chord with Illini fans was "Losing is not OK." Miller worked for Bielema in 2012 as the Offensive Line Coach for the Wisconsin Badgers. Miller has been the O-Line coach at Wisconsin(2012), New Mexico State(2013), Florida Atlantic (2014-15), Minnesota(2016), Ohio(2018), and Wyoming(2019-20). In 2020 at Wyoming, he also was the run-game coordinator. He coached Tight Ends for Air Force (2017). Miller is from Elk Grove, Illinois. He recruited Illinois for Wyoming and still has valuable contacts. In 2019 Wyoming was second in the Mountain West and 23 in the nation in rushing offense. At Ohio, in 2019, the Bobcats were 9th in the nation in rushing offense. While at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers rushed for 185 yards per game and were 19th in the nation's fewest sacks allowed.

January 5th, Cory Patterson(39), Running Backs Coach.

Coaching experience 9 years High School, 3 years College