LOVIE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

Like he did with Lovie Smith and football, Josh Whitman's hire of Brad Underwood brings a new identity to Illini basketball

Just like he did when he hired Lovie Smith to helm the football program, Josh Whitman gave Illinois basketball a brand new identity by hiring Brad Underwood.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago

WATCH: Lovie Smith Illini Pro Day Interview | 3/16/17

FightingIllini.com's Cassie Carlson interviews Illinois head coach Lovie Smith following Fighting Illini Football Pro Day on March 16, 2017.

Six big-name NFL free agents most likely to bust

Every single year, executives take risks by bringing in NFL free agents who they believe will significantly help their franchises improve. And every single year, a new crop of NFL free agency busts is sewn.It sometimes takes a couple years for the crop to show itself as such, but in some cases we know almost instantly that certain players should have never landed their lucrative...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith's culture change at Illinois a work in progress

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Ten months ago, fans swarmed around Lovie Smith after his team's open practice, eager to get an autograph from the former NFL coach who had just been hired to turn around the moribund football program at Illinois. Over the weekend was a much calmer scene with about 150 fans at Saturday's practice and a line of about 40 waiting for his signature. After athletic...
Via Associated Press
15 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: RBI: Illini Football Head Coach Lovie Smith | 3/7/17

Fighting Illini football coach Lovie Smith talks with Ryan Baker about his first year at Illinois, the Memorial Stadium renovation and various other topics in the latest Ryan Baker Interview (RBI).

WATCH: Lovie Smith Post-Practice Interview 3/4/17

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys talks to Illinois head coach Lovie Smith following the spring practice No. 12 at Memorial Stadium – March 4, 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...
Via Associated Press
February 10, 2017  |  Discuss

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...
February 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Lack of opportunities in CFB for black coaches still problematic

Depending on who you talk to, many believe that Charlie Strong deserved his firing from the University of Texas. Over three years, he compiled a record of 16-21. He had zero seasons with a record of .500 or better, and Texas lost to Kansas for the first time since 1938. For a program with the national prestige of Texas, the win total and fall from grace was intolerable. In his...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
November 30, 2016  |  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...
Via The Comeback
November 19, 2016  |  Discuss
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