Lots of love for Lou on Twitter from former players....The Illinois on-field staff is now complete with 10 full-time assistants.
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith announced Wednesday the hiring of-
Mike Bellamy as running backs coach
Bob McClain as offensive line coach
Lou Hernandez as strength and conditioning coach
seems like the hires were about connections. Bellamy and Lou, previous ILL staffs.Does Whitman really have to extend after next year? Wasn’t the extension this year for 2 additional years? It really made a lot of the sense assuming a 6-6 year this year. No need to extend 2 years in a row. And keeps the buyout low if 2020 is a step back.
If true, this makes it worse for me. Tells me either nobody wants to work for Lovie, or Lovie doesn’t want anyone on the defense with experience in a different defensive philosophy.
Bob McLain. Rod smith connection last year, then moved up.
Hudson connection to Clark and monte Kiffin.
Going back further...
Clark connection to Kiffin (possibly but not sure, might be confused.
Patterson, connect from recruiting trail.
Byrd lovie connection.
Abraham lovie connection
Rod smith outside hire. Don’t know a connection here.