The new Athletic Director on his first day on the job fired Bill Cubit and most of the staff- Buyout is 900k for cubit and 360k for his son Ryan a new appointed OC Coordinator. Peanuts

Rumors are flowing that Lovie Smith former head coach of the NFL Tampa Bay and Bears will be hired to be the next head
coach of Illinois.

If this is true this would be a Home Run hire for Illinois in exposure nationally and with Recruiting - Spring football is a scant 6 days away
which has been suspended until a new coach is in place.

It is crystal clear to me that the new AD had a plan coming in-remember Josh Whitman played for Illinois and in the NFL
he has a dream to get Illinois Football back to a Championship level and he has connections.

This hire should it occur will bring instant creditability from a recruiting standpoint-The Guy is a father figure his players love him-Coached to the Super Bowl and has major connections -what player would not take a chance as a 5 star to join
the team?

If Illinois lands Lovie it would be akin to Harbaugh leaving the niners and joining Michigan-Recruiting boom would be huge