Illinois Football: Khalil Shakir still keeping an eye on the Illini

The class of 2018 is extremely important for the Illinois football team. Lovie Smith needs to pull in a good group of players to continue building for the future. One area that Lovie focused on for this past class was wide receiver. He received commitments from some top pass catchers like Carmoni Green, Ricky Smalling […] Illinois Football: Khalil Shakir still keeping an eye on...
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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.
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March 16, 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

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...
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March 08, 2017  |  Discuss

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.
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March 04, 2017  |  Discuss

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.
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February 14, 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...
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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...
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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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