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Lovie Smith Close To Being Hired By Illinois

Lovie Smith has once again resurfaced. Two months after being fired as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie is on the verge of becoming a head coach again.

To the surprise of many it’s not an NFL position. Smith is set to become the head coach at the university of Illinois. The Illinois football program went through hard times last season.

Then coach Tim Beckman was fired just before the season started as he was accused of mistreating players. Then came interim coach Bill Cubit. Cubit led the team to a 5-7 record.

He was told he would be retained, but athletic director Josh Whitman had a change of heart. Lovie Smith knows the state well from his time with the Bears.

Smith will become Illinois third coach in eight months. Lovie has never had a head coaching job in college before. His only college experience came back in 1995 when he was the defensive backs coach for Ohio State.

Lovie was 8-24 in his recent stint with the Buccaneers and has an overall NFL record of 89-87 Including a superbowl appearance with the Chicago Bears.

article By Brandyn Nelson

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