LOVIE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

University of Illinois is finally ready to find a new mascot

After nearly a decade without one, the Fighting Illini could soon have a new mascot to represent the University of Illinois at sporting events. On Monday, University of Illinois interim chancellor Barbara Wilson said a committee will be formed to determine the process for finding a new mascot for the school. This comes after a recommendation from the student senate to consider...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois sells 2,000 season tickets after Lovie Smith hired

Lovie Smith’s record as an NFL head coach may be something of a mixed bag, but Illinois fans are pumped up by the hire all the same. According to the official website of Illini Football, the school’s ticket office sold 2,000 season tickets in the 48 hours following the announcement that Smith had been hired as the team’s head coach. Such is the state of Loviemania in Champaign...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois officially hires Lovie Smith as head coach

Lovie Smith is back in Illinois, only this time, it’s not on the sidelines for the Chicago Bears, but as the new head coach of the University of Illinois. Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman took to Twitter to pose with the new coach, and the school confirmed the hiring. #ILLINI pic.twitter.com/OULEpiGgjS — Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) March 7, 2016 It's OFFICIAL » https...
Via The Comeback
March 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Source: Lovie Smith to become next coach at Illinois

After being a coach in some capacity in the NFL since 1996, it looks as though Lovie Smith is heading back to the college ranks, where he last served as defensive backs coach at Ohio State in 1995. According to Ryan Baker of CBS Chicago, Smith is expected to be named the next football coach at the University of Illinois. Some credible sources are telling me Lovie Smith will be...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Lovie Smith to be named Illinois football coach

Lovie Smith is poised to be the next Illinois football coach, according to a report. Ryan Baker of WBBM-TV in Chicago reported on Saturday that Smith was the choice of Illini athletic director Josh Whitman, just hours after the announcement of Bill Cubit’s firing. There was chatter about Smith's candidacy even before the news broke.  Given the circumstances of Cubit’s firing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

How the Buccaners dropped the ball with Lovie Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished this past regular season with a surprising 6-10 record. They were in the NFC playoff picture into December and tripled their win total from the previous season. With 2015 No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston playing good football and the Buccaneers showing themselves to be competitive on a consistent basis, there was no talk of any real shake ups within...
Via Sportsnaut
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs fired Lovie Smith over the phone

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a surprising decision to fire head coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday night after just two seasons with the team. It’s possible that even the Bucs didn’t see it coming, which could be why they supposedly chose to not sit down for a meeting with Smith to inform him of his fate. ESPN’s Vaughn McClure reported on Thursday morning that Smith was fired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Buccaneers covet a rushing title for Doug Martin

Eliminated from the postseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new goal over the final two games of the 2015 season: Get running back Doug Martin the rushing title. Martin enters Week 16 with 1,305 rushing yards, or just nine yards fewer than Adrian Peterson, the current leader. “I think it’s important to our offensive line to help Doug Martin be the leading rusher in the...
Via The Sports Daily
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith on Buccaneers: ‘We’re not there yet’

In need of a win to keep an unlikely playoff dream alive, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved during Thursday night’s 31-23 loss to the St. Louis Rams that Lovie Smith’s team is still at least a year away from truly competing for postseason football. Tampa Bay fell behind by scores of 21-3 and 28-6 before a late rally fell short. Now 6-8, the Buccaneers could be mathematically eliminated...
Via The Sports Daily
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith on 5-5 Buccaneers: ‘We’re relevant again’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t had a winning season in five years, but after Sunday’s 45-17 drubbing of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lovie Smith’s young team is now 5-5 and preparing for a potential playoff run. “We’ve talked a lot about being relevant again,” Smith said, via ESPN. “We’re relevant again.” The Buccaneers put a hurting on their Week 11 hosts, using...
Via The Sports Daily
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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