"We're excited to play the No. 1 team in the country the opening week of the season. Until then, we have a lot of work to do."
Lovie: Informal workouts for about a month. Added walkthroughs last few weeks.
Lovie: Feel Champaign is as safe a place as you can be. Medical team has done a "super" job.
Lovie: No sytem is full-proof. It's still about compliance. Players tested daily, wearing masks and there are shields on helmets.
Lovie: We'll be trying to improve our roster until the time they tell us we can't.
Lovie on TreSean Smith: We were recruiting him. He chose to go elsewhere. He will not be joining our football team.
Lovie: Ricky Smalling won't be with us due to non-football issues
Lovie: We support Ra'Von Bonner's decision to opt out.
Lovie: Jake Cerny got married and graduated. Chose to move on with his life.
Lovie: Jake Hansen will our MLB, Milo Eifler will be our WLB, Khalan Tolson will be our SLB.
Lovie: Seth Coleman is 25 pounds heavier but it's "good weight"
Lovie: I'm excited about Daniel Bhebhe. We've had success with that family.
Lovie: We have one of the best offensive lines back in the country
Lovie: The excitement for football is still there.
Lovie said Illinois will request waivers for all sit-out transfers and thinks all have cases, especially with current circumstances. Sees a lot of transfers getting waivers.
Lovie: Ohio State "a great opportunity for a program like ours. ...We've knocked off some big teams in Memorial Stadium. We look forward to the opportunity."
Lovie Smith raves about Jake Hansen as a player, then adds: "From a personal note, just love the guy."
Lovie: I'm in the best shape I've been in a long time.
I'm just like everybody else. I have a mask on everywhere I go. I wash my hands. I keep social distance. I feel safe.
Lovie: I don't have my head in the sand. There's no given college football for sure will be played. But right now, they told us we could start practicing, so that's what we're going to do.