Bret Bielema swipes from Michigan staff to make latest hire at Illinois
Another member of Jim Harbaugh‘s staff is leaving the University of Michigan.
Harbaugh’s contract extension still remains uncertain, and moving forward the Wolverines, either Harbaugh or a new coach, will need to replace director of football operations Mark Taurisani.
Taurisani has accepted the same position, along with assistant athletic director, at Illinois. He’s the most recent hire for the Illini, as head coach Bret Bielema assembles his new staff in Champaign.
“Throughout my head coaching career, Mark has been able to start at an entry level position in operations and now will help manage everything within our Illini football family,” Bielema said. “He works well with a wide range of people in various different positions that all appreciate his professional approach and ability to create a winning environment. Mark will Join the Fight here with our staff and student-athletes helping them become champions on and off the field.”
After spending 12 seasons with Bielema at both Wisconsin and Arkansas, Taurisani went to Michigan when Bielema was relieved from his post with the Razorbacks.
“I’m excited to join Coach Bielema’s staff and help build a championship program the alumni and fan base will be proud of,” Taurisani said. “Coach Bielema’s passion for the state of Illinois and his track record of developing young men on and off the field is a perfect fit for Illini Football. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity of working alongside Tim Knox, who is highly regarded as one of the best in the business. Together, we aim to improve all aspects of the football program. My family and I are looking forward to our move to Champaign-Urbana and joining a first-class university and athletics department.”
— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) January 4, 2021