The Daily Illini

Smith sets bar for present and future of Illinois football

Illinois' football headcoach Lovie Smith obverses the players running drills during the first spring practice on Friday, April 1, 2016.

By Cole Henke, Staff writer

July 26, 2016

CHICAGO — Illinois football’s head coach Lovie Smith made his Big Ten Media Day debut Tuesday morning, speaking of his team almost as a startup, with brand recognition the focal point of the offseason. “The past six months, I've had an opportunity to, of course, go across and spread our brand,...

Former Illini co-defensive coordinator Banks already making impact at Penn State

Illinois coaches Mike Ward (left), Tim Banks (center) and Bill Cubit converse on the field during Saturday's game against Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. Illinois won 14-13.

By Cole Henke, Staff Writer

July 26, 2016

The Illinois football coaching staff has only one remaining member from the 2015 season, with eight departing. Former co-defensive coordinator and safeties job Tim Banks left Illinois after the conclusion of the 2015 season, which on paper, was the best of his four seasons at Illinois. Behind production...

No Lovie lost between Northwestern and Illinois

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald stands on the sidelines during the game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 14, 2009. 

By Joey Figueroa, Staff Writer

July 25, 2016

The 2016 Big Ten media days in Chicago are in full swing, and a hometown face kicked off the proceedings. Long-time Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was the first to address the media at the McCormick Center on Monday afternoon. He took it as an opportunity to be the first to welcome the handful of f...

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