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Take a look at Illinois football’s finalized staff

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 29, 2016

Lovie Smith  After coaching in the NFL for 19 years, Lovie Smith is making his return to college football as the new head coach at Illinois. Smith is already familiar to the state, as he was the long-time coach of the Chicago Bears. During his tenure with the Bears, Smith went 81-63 and led...

Lovie Smith hires two former NFL coaches as assistants

By The Daily Illini Staff Report

March 14, 2016

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith added two former NFL coaches to his coaching staff Monday.Hardy Nickerson and Andrew Hayes-Stoker were named defensive coordinator and wide recievers coach, respectively. Both coaches served under Smith during his tenure with the Chicago Bears, and Nickerson worked ...