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New Illinois head football coach - IllinoisHomePage.net;

New Illinois head football coach - IllinoisHomePage.net

IllinoisHomePage.netNew Illinois head football coachIllinoisHomePage.netUNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It's a historic day in Illinois history as former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is named Illinois football coach. From the team to the fans, it was a day many wont soon forget. Smith becomes the 25th football coach in ...and more »

Here are the 7 coaches (including Lovie Smith) who've gone from Super Bowls to college football - SB Nation;

Here are the 7 coaches (including Lovie Smith) who've gone from Super Bowls to college football - SB Nation

SB NationHere are the 7 coaches (including Lovie Smith) who've gone from Super Bowls to college footballSB NationFrom Jim Harbaugh to Forrest Gregg, coaches who have gone from a Super Bowl to college football have had mixed results. by Alex [email protected]_kirshner Mar 8, 2016, 8:07am EST. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images. Lovie Smith is ...and more »

Illinois turns the page with hiring of Lovie Smith as football coach - Chicago Tribune;

Illinois turns the page with hiring of Lovie Smith as football coach - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneIllinois turns the page with hiring of Lovie Smith as football coachChicago TribuneAfter years of disappointment and nearly constant turmoil, Illinois football players were wary of believing the rumors and reports until their next head coach walked through the door of the Memorial Stadium meeting room. When former Bears coach Lovie ...and more »

Illinois hires Lovie Smith as football coach - USA TODAY;

Illinois hires Lovie Smith as football coach - USA TODAY

USA TODAYIllinois hires Lovie Smith as football coachUSA TODAYIllinois made the hiring of former NFL coach Lovie Smith official. New Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman announced Smith's hiring in a news release on Monday, minutes after Whitman hinted at the addition with two photos he posted on Twitter.and more »

Josh Whitman's remarkable three-day transformation of Illini football - Comcast SportsNet Chicago;

Josh Whitman's remarkable three-day transformation of Illini football - Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Comcast SportsNet ChicagoJosh Whitman's remarkable three-day transformation of Illini footballComcast SportsNet ChicagoCHAMPAIGN — Perhaps lost in the excitement generated by Lovie Smith's introduction Monday was the enormity of what has happened for the Illinois football program in just three days. Josh Whitman's first day as Illinois' new athletics director was ...and more »

Emma: How Lovie Smith Became Illinois' Head Coach - CBS Local;

Emma: How Lovie Smith Became Illinois' Head Coach - CBS Local

CBS LocalEmma: How Lovie Smith Became Illinois' Head CoachCBS LocalCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (CBS) — Josh Whitman recalls the night two months to the date of Lovie Smith's introduction as Illinois head coach that came Monday. The athletic director at Division III Washington University in Missouri then, Whitman saw that the ...and more »

Lovie: 'It's going to be ... 24/7 Illini football' - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Lovie: 'It's going to be ... 24/7 Illini football'Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteLovie Smith met some of the Illinois student body at the Courtyard Cafe in the Illini Union before being introduced at the 25th head football coach at the University of Illinois at a press conference later in the day. Video. Video: Lovie Smith ...and more »

Ron Turner 'opened the door' for Illini's hiring of Lovie Smith - Comcast SportsNet Chicago;

Ron Turner 'opened the door' for Illini's hiring of Lovie Smith - Comcast SportsNet Chicago

Comcast SportsNet ChicagoRon Turner 'opened the door' for Illini's hiring of Lovie SmithComcast SportsNet ChicagoCHAMPAIGN — Illinois dismissing its head football coach in March and hiring longtime NFL head coach Lovie Smith is something no one saw coming. Credit new athletics director Josh Whitman with that outside-the-box thinking. He dismissed Bill Cubit on ...and more »

Greeted like a rock star, Lovie Smith acts like he belongs at Illinois - Chicago Tribune;

Greeted like a rock star, Lovie Smith acts like he belongs at Illinois - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneGreeted like a rock star, Lovie Smith acts like he belongs at IllinoisChicago TribuneAs new Illinois football coach Lovie Smith weaved through a thick crowd of supporters Monday after an impressive introductory news conference, a student reached out his hand with hope. Much to the kid's delight, Smith gripped it firmly. "Oh, my God ...and more »

Lovie Smith, who always believed in redemption, deserves shot at Illinois - Chicago Tribune;

Lovie Smith, who always believed in redemption, deserves shot at Illinois - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneLovie Smith, who always believed in redemption, deserves shot at IllinoisChicago TribuneOr maybe it was Tank Johnson. Or Dusty Dvoracek. Maybe Marcus Harrison. Come to think of it, it could have been Brandon Marshall. Smith sprung to so many players' defense in nine seasons coaching the Bears, out of instinct more than obligation, it's ...and more »

Emma: Lovie Smith Is A Perfect Fit For The Fighting Illini - CBS Local;

Emma: Lovie Smith Is A Perfect Fit For The Fighting Illini - CBS Local

CBS LocalEmma: Lovie Smith Is A Perfect Fit For The Fighting IlliniCBS LocalCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (CBS) — Huddled among hundreds of students inside University of Illinois' union Monday was a girl waiting for her chance. The Marching Illini band played song after song and students pushed and shoved their way, all while this girl ...and more »

Illinois fans giddy about Lovie Smith, but industry is skeptical - Chicago Tribune;

Illinois fans giddy about Lovie Smith, but industry is skeptical - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneIllinois fans giddy about Lovie Smith, but industry is skepticalChicago TribuneYour program is relevant, it has the nation talking (even on Peyton Manning Day) and you have a Fighting chance to win again. This was a day to forget about lawsuits and buyouts, to wipe the memory bank clear of tacky coaches trying to poach Penn State ...and more »

Former NFL coach Lovie Smith hired as Illinois coach - Allentown Morning Call;

Former NFL coach Lovie Smith hired as Illinois coach - Allentown Morning Call

Allentown Morning CallFormer NFL coach Lovie Smith hired as Illinois coachAllentown Morning CallEx-Bears coach Lovie Smith is introduced as University of Illinois head football coach at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building in Champaign on Monday. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune). David MercerOf the Associated Press. CHAMPAIGN, Ill.and more »

Big Ten Football Coach Rankings Following Illinois' Hiring Of Lovie Smith - Campus Insiders;

Big Ten Football Coach Rankings Following Illinois' Hiring Of Lovie Smith - Campus Insiders

Campus InsidersBig Ten Football Coach Rankings Following Illinois' Hiring Of Lovie SmithCampus InsidersWhen ranking the best Big Ten head football coaches, where does new Illinois head man Lovie Smith fall on the pecking list? #WEWILLWIN pic.twitter.com/eIC379IiyD. — Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 7, 2016 · //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js. So what ...and more »

Football recruiting: Chicago-area Illinois recruits energized by Lovie Smith hiring - Chicago Tribune;

Football recruiting: Chicago-area Illinois recruits energized by Lovie Smith hiring - Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneFootball recruiting: Chicago-area Illinois recruits energized by Lovie Smith hiringChicago TribuneKurt Gavin has yet to play a down of collegiate football, but he's already getting an education about the ever-changing landscape of big-time athletics. The Lincoln-Way East senior orally committed to Illinois coach Tim Beckman in July, signed a letter ...and more »

Lovie Smith says he wants to finish coaching career at Illinois - NFL.com

Lovie Smith says he wants to finish coaching career at IllinoisNFL.comIf Lovie Smith has it his way, he won't coach in the NFL again. Smith, who was dismissed as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2015 season, was introduced as the University of Illinois' new head coach on Monday. The 57-year-old Smith says he ...and more »

Gruen: Considering Circumstances, Lovie Smith Hiring Terrific For Illini - CBS Local;

Gruen: Considering Circumstances, Lovie Smith Hiring Terrific For Illini - CBS Local

CBS LocalGruen: Considering Circumstances, Lovie Smith Hiring Terrific For IlliniCBS Local(CBS) Much like the way the coach himself speaks, there's call for a measured optimism when it comes to Lovie Smith's upcoming tenure as Illinois' football coach. His high profile brings excitement to a desperate program. His coaching pedigree is one ...and more »

Lovie Smith: Bucs also fired a coach entering the Hall of Fame - Tampabay.com (blog);

Lovie Smith: Bucs also fired a coach entering the Hall of Fame - Tampabay.com (blog)

Tampabay.com (blog)Lovie Smith: Bucs also fired a coach entering the Hall of FameTampabay.com (blog)Lovie Smith went 8-24 in two years as head coach with the Bucs and was fired three days following the 2015 regular season. 7. March. 0. Comments. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE. Lost: One Super Bowl game plan, for nervous half-hour. 3 Months Ago.and more »

Lovie Smith hired as new University of Illinois football coach - WLS-TV;

Lovie Smith hired as new University of Illinois football coach - WLS-TV

WLS-TVLovie Smith hired as new University of Illinois football coachWLS-TVLovie Smith, former Chicago Bears head coach, will be the new football coach at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. (WLS). WLS. Monday, March 07, 2016. CHICAGO (WLS) --. Digging out from a scandal and weary of having its football program ...and more »

Lovie-mania hits Illini campus - Scout;

Lovie-mania hits Illini campus - Scout

ScoutLovie-mania hits Illini campusScoutCHAMPAIGN - As the Illinois pep band played Bruce Channel's familiar hit "Hey, Baby!", hundreds of Illinois students gathered at the Illini Union changed the lyrics. "Heyyyyyyy, Hey Lo-vie! I wanna knooooooooow If you'll be my coach." The love affair ...and more »