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Illinois football fires defensive assistants Antonio Fenelus and Andy Buh

Bielema and co. are making changes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 Northwestern at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Following a rough season for Aaron Henry’s defense, the unit is making changes.

In a press release sent out Thursday, head coach Bret Bielema announced that linebackers coach Andy Buh and defensive backs coach Antonio Fenelus will be relieved of their duties.

“After a review of our football program and the 2023 season, I have informed Andy Buh and Antonio Fenelus that they will not return to our coaching staff,” Bielema said in the release.

“I appreciate the commitment that they have made to our program here at Illinois. I have tremendous respect for both Coach Buh and Coach Fenelus — dating back to when they were an assistant and a player for me during my time at Wisconsin — and I wish them the best moving forward,” Bielema added.

Illinois’ defense finished the 2023 season allowing an average of 29.4 points per game and 378.3 yards per game — ranking 12th and 11th in the Big Ten respectively.