Former Bucs coach Lovie Smith takes Illinois job

Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 09:26:26-05

According to several sources, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has taken a coaching position at the University of Illinois. 

Smith was fired as Buccaneers head coach after the 2015 season following an 8-24 record in his two seasons with the team. The statement from team sources called his performance a 'disappointment' despite the steady growth of young talent like Jameis Winston and Mike Evans. 

Smith's Illini contract breakdown

  • 6-year deal worth $2M in 2016-17
  • $3M in 2018
  • $4M in 2019
  • $5M for 2020-21

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