Illinois Extends Lovie Smith

By Matthew Filipovits on November 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Oct 27, 2018; College Park, MD, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith looks onto the field during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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The University of Illinois has extended head coach Lovie Smith through the 2023 season.

Smith came to Champaign in 2016 following a long career as a head coach in the NFL with the Bears and Buccaneers. He has just completed year three of a six-year, 21 million dollar contract he signed to become the head man at Illinois.

The 60-year-old has gone 9-27 in three seasons with the Fighting Illini, with 2018 being his best season as the Illini finished 4-8.

The move does not make a whole lot of sense from the outside looking in but the Illini have not had any kind of stability in recent years, going through five head coaches this decade.