https://fightingillini.com/news/2018/11/25/illinois-extends-contract-of-football-coach-lovie-smith.aspxIllinois Extends Contract of Football Coach Lovie Smith
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced today a two-year contract extension for Head Football Coach Lovie Smith to keep Smith at Illinois through the 2023 football season.
"This extension demonstrates my belief in Lovie Smith, his staff, and the plan they have for the future success of Illinois Football," said Whitman. "I have studied our program extensively, and I see steady progress, both in the development of our current players and the talent we are adding to our roster. To date, we have remained one of the youngest teams in college football, with only nine seniors and nearly 80 freshmen and sophomores. As our players grow in strength, skill, and experience, more wins will follow.
https://fightingillini.com/news/2018/11/25/football-a-letter-from-josh-whitman.aspxStability is Key to Success - A Letter from Josh Whitman
With the 2018 Illinois football season now concluded, I thought it important to share, in my own words, my view on the state of our program and our plans for the future.
No one is satisfied with our season, least of all those of us directly involved in the day-to-day work of Illinois Football. We endured several lopsided losses and expected to win more games. After studying the season, however, there were undoubtedly signs of progress: