Illinois Football: The Illini Need Olalere Oladipo for 2017

The focus on the defense for the Illinois football team is shifting into a new gear. To really get the Illini defense out of the muck of mediocrity, Lovie Smith and the coaching staff needs to draw in defensive recruits. Getting big-time players to come to Champaign is extremely hard right now considering the long […] Illinois Football: The Illini Need Olalere Oladipo for 2017...
Via Writing Illini
5 hours ago

Illinois Football: Lovie Smith Should Improve Sacks This Season

Putting pressure on the opposing quarterback was not something the Illinois football team specialized in last season. The leader of the Big Ten in sacks in 2015 was Penn State.  The Nittany Lions accumulated a total of 46 sacks on the season. Carl Nassib led the way for Penn State with 12.5 sacks as well.  […] Illinois Football: Lovie Smith Should Improve Sacks This Season -...
Via Writing Illini
11 hours ago

WATCH: Illini Football Training Camp Report | Aug. 20, 2016

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys talked to head coach Lovie Smith, QB Wes Lunt and DE Dawuane Smoot after the final Illinois football Training Camp practice – Aug. 20, 2016.

WATCH: Lovie Smith Post-Practice 8/19/16

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith talks to media following the Illini's 14th Training Camp practice – Aug. 19, 2016.

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

After nearly a decade without one, the Fighting Illini could soon have a new mascot to represent the University of Illinois at sporting events. On Monday, University of Illinois interim chancellor Barbara Wilson said a committee will be formed to determine the process for finding a new mascot for the school. This comes after a recommendation from the student senate to consider...
Via The Comeback
May 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois sells 2,000 season tickets after Lovie Smith hired

Lovie Smith’s record as an NFL head coach may be something of a mixed bag, but Illinois fans are pumped up by the hire all the same. According to the official website of Illini Football, the school’s ticket office sold 2,000 season tickets in the 48 hours following the announcement that Smith had been hired as the team’s head coach. Such is the state of Loviemania in Champaign...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Source: Lovie Smith to become next coach at Illinois

After being a coach in some capacity in the NFL since 1996, it looks as though Lovie Smith is heading back to the college ranks, where he last served as defensive backs coach at Ohio State in 1995. According to Ryan Baker of CBS Chicago, Smith is expected to be named the next football coach at the University of Illinois. Some credible sources are telling me Lovie Smith will be...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Lovie Smith to be named Illinois football coach

Lovie Smith is poised to be the next Illinois football coach, according to a report. Ryan Baker of WBBM-TV in Chicago reported on Saturday that Smith was the choice of Illini athletic director Josh Whitman, just hours after the announcement of Bill Cubit’s firing. There was chatter about Smith's candidacy even before the news broke.  Given the circumstances of Cubit’s firing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Buccaners dropped the ball with Lovie Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished this past regular season with a surprising 6-10 record. They were in the NFC playoff picture into December and tripled their win total from the previous season. With 2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston playing good football and the Buccaneers showing themselves to be competitive on a consistent basis, there was no talk of any real shake ups within...
Via Sportsnaut
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs fired Lovie Smith over the phone

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising decision to fire head coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday night after just two seasons with the team. It’s possible that even the Bucs didn’t see it coming, which could be why they supposedly chose to not sit down for a meeting with Smith to inform him of his fate. ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported on Thursday morning that Smith was fired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

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