Illinois Trustees Approve Lovie Smith's 6-Year, $21-Million DealThey approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary over his final two years
Like His NFL Teams, Lovie Smith's Illini Count On Defense To WinSmith's best Chicago Bears defenses were creators of chaos — picking off passes, forcing fumbles and scoring points.
Unlike Most Schools, Illinois Banks On Lovie Smith's NFL ApproachSmith insists that coaching college football at Illinois hasn't been much different than what he grew accustomed to as coach of the Bears and Buccaneers.
Gruen: Little Learned At Media Days, But Lovie Smith Flashes His Polish, Doesn't Embarrass IlliniThere’s a more capable face leading the Illinois program now.
Listen: The Starting Lineup With Chris Emma -- Episode 1A new audio feature with Chris Emma, debuting with Lovie Smith, Danny Trevathan and White Sox Dave.
Lovie Smith's Contract Approved By Illinois Trustees, Could Pay Him Up To $29M With IncentivesSmith will be paid a $1 million bonus if he remains at Illinois for three seasons and again if he stays all six seasons.
Report: Lovie Smith, Illinois Tab Louisville's Garrick McGee As New Offensive CoordinatorSmith recruited McGee to Arizona State in the early 1990s.
Baffoe: Lovie Smith At Least Brings Interest To Illini FootballIllinois athletic director Josh Whitman isn't messing around anymore.
Emma: Lovie Smith Is A Perfect Fit For The Fighting IlliniWhat seemed surprising at first makes so much sense now.
Gruen: Considering Circumstances, Lovie Smith Hiring Terrific For IlliniThe big challenge for Smith now -- assembling a top-notch coaching staff.
Emma: How Lovie Smith Became Illinois' Head CoachThe path for Smith to Illinois took some odd turns.
Lovie Smith Greeted To Hero's Welcome At IllinoisSmith was warmly received in his first public appearance on campus.
Illinois AD: 'Not A Living Room In America That Wouldn't Open Their Doors To Lovie Smith'"Lovie is just absolutely the right person at the right moment for our program," Josh Whitman says.
Bernstein: Lovie Smith Breaks Barrier At IllinoisSmith is the first black head coach of football or men's basketball at the University of Illinois.
Lovie Smith Hired As Fighting Illini Football CoachTwo days after Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman fired Bill Cubit, the university officially announced Smith is in charge.