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Spring ball marks new era for Illinois football

By Joey Figueroa, Staff reporter

May 8, 2016

It’s not often that spring practices overshadow the football season that precedes them. But for Illinois football this year, such was the case. The hiring of Lovie Smith as the third head football coach within two years has been the big story on campus, and the star-studded coaching staff Smith bro...

Lovie Smith needs your help

Lovie Smith thanks the Illini Marching Band in the Illini Union on March 7.

By Kevin McCarthy

March 30, 2016

Tweet: .#Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthy was given a tall order from Lovie Smith. Now, he needs your help.Lovie Smith called upon me to do a service for him.First, allow me to provide some context. During Smith’s time in Tampa Bay in the late 90s, he helped run Tony Dungy’s cover-2 hybrid defense. It was co...

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 ...