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Illinois Buries Lovie Smith in Statement Announcing His Firing

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Illinois fired Lovie Smith today. Given Smith’s record with the Illini — 10-33 in the Big Ten, 2-5 this season — this news is not altogether surprising. What’s kind of savage, though, is how the university highlighted that poor record explicitly in their statement announcing the news:

It was pretty surprising, as Smith is a coach with a pedigree of having reached the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears, that the team had not really started to build positive inertia by his fifth season in Champaign.

Smith’s biggest victory at Illinois was probably a win over my alma mater Wisconsin last season, in which the Badgers were favored by four touchdowns and got stunned on a sloppy day.

I think the right coach could win at Illinois, the question is who that person would be and if Illinois will land him this offseason.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. This racist firing shit has got to stop. What’s next Anthony Lynn steering the Charger ship getting the ax. I ain’t having it. I’ll load the U Haul with signs and bricks smack dab in the middle of NFL action this Sunday. Don’t even go there with Romeo C. in Houston. This fuck is Vince Lombardi if given a fifth chance. Cleveland should be burnt to the ground on what they did to Hue Jackson. This guy coached his sack off and gave you a win or three in 32 games and you bagged him. This is Supreme Court level litigation.

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