Illinois Hires Bret Bielema As Head Football Coach, Replacing Lovie SmithBret Bielema, who led Wisconsin to three Rose Bowls before a disappointing run at Arkansas, is returning to the Big Ten and his home state to coach Illinois.
Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith Out After Five SeasonsAfter five seasons, University of Illinois football Head Coach Lovie Smith has been relieved of his duties, Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced Sunday.
After Starting QB Brandon Peters Tests Positive For COVID-19 And Is Pulled, Quarterback-Depleted Illini Fall To PurdueCOVID-19 left the Illini scrambling on Saturday before they went on to fall to Purdue with a decimated lineup.
Purdue Wary Of Illini As Boilermakers Try To Go 2-0“Friday night’s game … was a disappointing game,” Smith said. “Normally, you get to the first game and truly see where you are and as I said we are not as far along as I hoped we’d be. But we still have time to get better. We watched the video with our team and now we’re moving on to Purdue.”
Mikal Smith, Son Of Lovie Smith, Accused Of Sex Trafficking And Money LaunderingMikal Smith, the son of Illini football coach and former Chicago Bears Head Lovie Smith, is facing sex trafficking and money laundering charges.
Bears Great Brian Urlacher Still Deciding Presenter For Hall Of Fame InductionCoach Lovie Smith is a candidate to present Urlacher.
No Doubt For Lovie Smith: Brian Urlacher Belongs In Hall Of FameSmith lauded Urlacher for his talents, intelligence and humble demeanor as a star linebacker for his Bears.
Bears Great Devin Hester Officially Announces RetirementHester finishes with an NFL record of 20 career return touchdowns, including 19 with the Bears.
Illinois Hoping To Get Back Old Mike Dudek After 2 ACL TearsDudek set school freshman records with 1,038 receiving yards and 76 catches in 2014.
For Your Enjoyment, Lovie Smith Talks Bears QuarterbacksSmith coached Mike Glennon in Tampa Bay and praised his leadership.
3 Illini Football Players Accused Of Burglary Are Off The TeamCoach Lovie Smith on Wednesday dismissed freshman tight end Zarrian Holcombe and offensive linemen Darta Lee and Howard Watkins.
Lovie Smith's Culture Change At Illinois A Work In ProgressThe Illini are looking to improve on a 3-9 mark in Smith's debut season.
Lovie Smith Reflects On Devin Hester's Career: 'First-Ballot Hall Of Fame'"Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer," Smith says. "I can't wait to go and watch him get inducted."
A Decade Later, Lovie Smith Savors 'Special' Bears TeamThe Bears won the NFC Championship 10 years ago Saturday.
Lovie Smith Doesn't Have Time For Questions About Whether He's Being Too Easy On His IlliniSmith's Illini are off to a 1-4 start.