We Love No Other 5.13 - Bret Bielema One Year In
One year ago, on the Saturday before Christmas, Illinois played a "bonus" game at Penn State. Lovie Smith had been fired the day after the Northwestern game, and Rod Smith was coaching the team in a fairly meaningless add-on game. That was also the same day that Bret Bielema was hired as the new head coach. So just by the fact that I was the only person dumb enough to travel to Penn State to watch that meaningless game, I got the first interview with him.
It's now a year later. A year and two days, to be exact. So I asked if I could sit down with him again and go over his first 365 days as the head coach of the Illinois football program. That interview happened this morning, and... I should just stop talking now and get to the audio.