Wisconsin guys reunited in Champaign on Tuesday with the hiring of former Badgers defensive coordinator and interim head coach Jim Leonhard to Bret Bielema’s staff.
Leonhard was named senior football analyst for the Fighting Illini.
The three-time All-Big Ten safety played at Wisconsin before a 10-year NFL career and returned to Madison to coach for seven seasons.
Following Illinois’ 34-10 win over the Badgers in 2022, Wisconsin fired coach Paul Chryst and promoted Leonhard, who had been an assistant since 2016.
But after interviewing the former All-American to be Wisconsin’s new head coach, the Badgers hired Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell as Chryst’s permanent replacement.
Former Wisconsin players Aaron Henry and Antonio Fenelus are also a part of Bielema’s coaching staff at Illinois. Bielema was head coach at Wisconsin from 2006-2012.
–Field Level Media