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Can't Wait For Saturday | Helmet communications? Bielema thinks it is about time

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.

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The NCAA Football Rules Committee is proposing helmet communications for players and coaches.

It will get no argument from Illinois' Bret Bielema. Just loud applause.

During a Monday press conference on Zoom, the fifth-year Illinois coach expressed optimism that the technology is coming sooner rather than later.

"I think it's going to happen," Bielema said."I think it's going to be the NFL model."

That will mean one headset on both sides. Quarterbacks for the offense and a signal caller for the defense.

In the spring, the Illini will test it out with the starting and backup quarterback wearing it. And a rotation of players on defense.

There is more tech coming. The teams will be allowed to use tablets on the sidelines. They have never been allowed in the college game.

"It allows us to see the game a little more clear as it happens and unfolds." Bielema said.

Bielelma has been pushing for both changes since his time as Wisconsin head coach more than a decade ago;

He tried for one-year trials while at Wisconsin and Arkansas. With no luck,

"There's nothing more frustrating than during a bye week going to a high school game and see them watch a game live of the sidelines," Bielema said.