WATCH: Lovie Smith Post-Practice Interview 8/12/17

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith addressed the media following Saturday's practice that included a scrimmage.

Illinois Fighting Illini football: Calvin Avery becomes highest-rated commit of Lovie Smith era

Illinois football and head coach Lovie Smith received some great news on Friday evening. Four-star defensive tackle (Scout.com) Calvin Avery gave his verbal commitment to Smith and with that became the highest-rated recruit to commit to Illinois since Smith became head coach. This is a huge statement for Smith and Illinois football as Avery chose the Illini over offers from USC,...
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11 days ago

WATCH: Lovie Smith Media Day Press Conference 7/30/17

Lovie Smith press conference the day before the start of Training Camp.

WATCH: Lovie Smith on BTN Set at Big Ten Media Day 7/24/17

Illinois football coach Love Smith joins Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith on BTN Live at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago – July 24, 2017.

WATCH: Lovie Smith Big Ten Media Day Press Conference 7/24/17

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith answered questions from the media at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Four bold predictions for 2017

Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took another big step towards building a playoff-caliber team. The Bucs are three years removed from their disappointing 2-14 season, which resulted in the team drafting former-Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first overall pick. Winston was drafted to be Tampa’s franchise QB, and the team finally secured the player they needed...
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July 02, 2017  |  Discuss

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...
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March 12, 2017  |  Discuss

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

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...
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November 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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