Illinois Fighting Illini Football: What should the expectations for the program be under Lovie Smith?

Josh Whitman hardly had time to settle into his new role as athletic director before he hired Lovie Smith as the new head coach of University of Illinois football in 2016. Whitman knew who he wanted and then went and got him. Simple as that. It was a home run hire for Illinois. Whitman had managed to land a former NFL head coach, and a very successful one at that. Smith has now been...
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20 hours ago

Illinois Football: Successful weekend of visits + Donnie Abraham = good times for Illini fans

Illinois football had a great month of February. Signing day, visits, and hires have really got this fan base fired up. Lovie Smith and his staff wasted no time whatsoever on working towards a great 2018 class of recruits. There were many notable visitors this past weekend. Verdis Brown, Houston Griffith, and Blaine Scott are […] Illinois Football: Successful weekend of visits...
Via Writing Illini
1 day ago

WATCH: Lovie Smith Post-Practice Interview 2/15/17

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith talks about the start of spring ball and the addition of Donnie Abraham as an assistant coach – Feb. 15, 2017.

Illinois Football: Lovie Smith is Building Bridge to IMG Academy

Illinois football fans are approaching a full year of stability with the program. That is a nice feeling after hiring Lovie Smith in March of 2016 to lead this team. Lovie has brought changes to this program from the top down. He brings a sense of leadership that we haven’t seen in a long time […] Illinois Football: Lovie Smith is Building Bridge to IMG Academy - Writing Illini...
Via Writing Illini
7 days ago

Illinois Sports: Illinois’ Lovie Smith Getting Started Early in Year 2

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. The Illinois football team started their spring practice yesterday. This is extremely early for a spring practice to begin and the Illini need it to fill the holes left by departing players. Lovie Smith came into this program almost a year […] Illinois Sports: Illinois’ Lovie Smith Getting Started...
Via Writing Illini
8 days ago

WATCH: Lovie Smith Spring Practice Media Availability 2/14/17

Illinois football head coach Lovie Smith talks to media after the first spring practice of 2017.

Change continues for Smith's Illini in the spring

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Lovie Smith and his staff didn't have the easiest start at Illinois last March. There were many disadvantages for the first-year college coach, including a late spring football season. But things have changed heading into the staff's second spring on campus. For starters, Smith actually knows his players' names. ''We know each other a lot better now, and...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Lovie Smith Pre-Spring Ball Press Conference 2/10/17

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith previews Illini spring ball, which begins Feb. 14, at a press conference on Feb. 10, 2017.

The 'But two days ago, Dan Quinn was a genius' quiz

Here's a quick recap of Dan Quinn's last 48 hours: Team chokes away 25-point lead in the biggest game in franchise history.  Loses genius wunderkind offensive coordinator to conference rival (after genius wunderkind got lost in bowels of the stadium à la 'Spinal Tap' after the game). Replaces said wunderkind coordinator with someone who is likely not a genius.  Made this kid...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois goes without a kickoff in 28-0 loss to Iowa

Football can be unpredictable, but you’re almost always assured of at least one chance to kick off. The “almost” there is crucial, though, as Illinois somehow managed to avoid even a single kickoff in a 28-0 loss to Iowa Saturday. How’d they manage to pull that off? Well, as Go Iowa Awesome’s Adam Jacobi relates, it came from Iowa’s coin toss decisions: Here’s what...
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November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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