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The Bears hope to interview Indianapolis coordinator Bruce Arians soon after his Colts are eliminated from the playoffs.
Chicago's head coaching search may drag on longer than expected with the organization looking at candidates who are still in the postseason.
Brandon Paul and the Fighting Illini will look to open their Big Ten schedule with a victory on Wednesday night against Purdue.
Dallas special teams coach Joe DeCamillis is the latest name added into the mix for Chicago's open coaching position.
Chicago general manager Phil Emery told reporters that he hopes to hire a new head coach before Jan. 19.
The Wildcats picked up three rushing touchdowns on Tuesday to drop a talented Mississippi State team in the 2013 Gator Bowl.
Northern Illinois will enter Tuesday's BCS game with Florida State as significant underdogs.
A late field goal by Minnesota officially ended Chicago's 2012-13 playoff hopes on Sunday evening.
Both Charles Tillman and Matt Forte were back on the practice field on Thursday after missing the previous day.