Bret Bielema is back in the B1G with the former Wisconsin head coach taking the job at Illinois to replace Lovie Smith. In the official release, Illinois revealed Bielema will have a six-year contract with a $4.2 million salary.

Needless to say, the decision by the Illini is drawing some mixed reviews around the college football world.

Some remember a Bielema-led Wisconsin program that won 68 games and captured three B1G titles. The Badgers were perennial contenders under Bielema in seven seasons.


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Others remember a Bielema-led Arkansas team that was underwhelming during his time leading the Razorbacks. Along with that, Bielema went 0-2 in the Rose Bowl games he coached and left the B1G to try and make his mark in the SEC.

Here’s how fans and media around the college football world reacted to the news on Saturday:

Time will tell how this hiring works out in Champaign. For now, Bielema is set to be on hand for Saturday’s game against Penn State and will begin his duties immediately.