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Brandon Paul & D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illini Take Plunge In Rankings

In the wake of Illinois’ 23-point loss to unranked Wisconsin, the Fighting Illini took a major plunge in the rankings.

CBS Chicago–01/14/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Need To Keep Rebounding – In More Ways Than One

The Fighting Illini are an imperfect basketball team.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2013

Barry Alvarez. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hoge: Barry Alvarez Continues To Build Legacy With Andersen Hire

In many ways, Andersen is a clone of the guy who hired him — the man who built Wisconsin football from the ground up — Barry Alvarez.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2012

Gary Andersen. (Courtesy Utah State.)

Sources: Badgers To Name Gary Andersen Head Coach

Utah State’s Gary Andersen has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Wisconsin, two UW sources confirmed late Tuesday night.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2012

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. (Courtesy University of Notre Dame.)

Diaco Happy To Stay At Notre Dame If Head Coaching Offer Doesn’t Come

A few weeks ago, the chances of defensive coordinator Bob Diaco staying at Notre Dame after the BCS National Championship Game seemed very low.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2012

Bret Bielema during his introductory press conference at Arkansas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Hoge: Bielema’s Move Explained By Ambition, History And (Very) Subtle Hints

Why did Bielema leave Wisconsin? Adam Hoge dove into the coach’s history and found answers.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2012

Barry Alvarez celebrates a win in the 2006 Capital One Bowl, his last game as Wisconsin's head coach. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Barry Alvarez To Coach Badgers In Rose Bowl

Left without a coach when Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas, the Badgers asked former coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez to lead them when they face No. 8 Stanford on New Year’s Day.

CBS Chicago–12/06/2012

Bret Bielema holds up the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy after winning the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Reports: Bret Bielema Leaving Wisconsin For Arkansas

In a stunning move in the college football landscape, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has accepted the same job at Arkansas.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2012

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon runs for a touchdown in front of a spotty crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Wisch: Bring The Big Ten Championship Game To Chicago

Attendance certainly didn’t improve markedly this past weekend. Rather, it sunk startlingly.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2012

Montee Ball celebrates Wisconsin's third straight Rose Bowl appearance. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Montee Ball Celebrates Big Ten Championship

After Wisconsin beat Nebraska 70-31 Saturday night to win its third straight Big Ten title, running back Montee Ball addressed the media.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2012

Bret Bielema holds up the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy after winning the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoge: With Unlikely Victory, Badgers Prove They’re Rose Bowl Worthy

No, that wasn’t the Oregon Ducks playing in the Big Ten Championship. That was the now 8-5 Wisconsin Badgers.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2012

Montee Ball runs against Nebraska Sept. 29. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge: Talent Will Win Out In Surprisingly Good Big Ten Championship Game

A look at how each team can win Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Big Ten Championship Game.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2012

Notre Dame wide receiver T.J. Jones. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Ruling Notre Dame Out Is Foolish

Counting Notre Dame out against either Alabama or Georgia is just foolish. Anyone who’s willing to do so so easily simply hasn’t been paying attention this season.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Seriously, What Is Going On In Champaign?

Having co-coordinators in college football is not uncommon, but I’ve never heard of two coordinators splitting up the play-calling by down.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2012

J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi. (Phots by Getty Images)

Hoge: Former Teammates Watt, Carimi Not Exactly Friends

J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi were two of the more competitive, hardest working players on the team. And they weren’t exactly buddy-buddy.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2012

Ohio State University Athletics Director Gene Smith (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Gene Smith Robbed Ohio State (And Big Ten) Of 2012

Sure, Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel caused the mess, but Smith’s careless decision to play in the Gator Bowl last year likely cost Ohio State a chance at the National Championship this season.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

Tom Crean. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

IU Tops Hoops Coaches Poll; 5 Big Ten Teams, Notre Dame Ranked

Indiana is back on top of the college basketball world. At least to start the season.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

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Ball Has Career Day As Wisconsin Beats Purdue 38-14

Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon.

10/13/2012

Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Illini Fans Might Deserve Better, But Shouldn’t Expect It

I’ll never criticize fans for demanding the very best. They put their hard-earned money into the program and it should go after the very best. But Illini fans also shouldn’t be surprised when the result is Tim Beckman.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2012

General photo of Illini football players. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Fans Deserve Better – And Need To Believe It

With Illinois licking its wounds at 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten following Saturday’s 31-14 thumping at Wisconsin, Beckman couldn’t be off to a much worse start in Champaign.

CBS Chicago–10/09/2012

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