It's Lovie Smith's turn to attempt to bring stability to the Illinois football program, but he's got plenty of issues to address out of the gates.
The Lovie Smith Era got underway in Champaign as the Illini held their first spring practice of the year on Friday. Read up on some of the position battles facing the Illini.
Tim Beckman didn't really do anything right in his first year as Illinois head coach, but it's hard to say that anybody would have been able to make much of the roster he inherited.
The Illini running back performed well in the Spring Game, and that's a trend we should hope to see continue this fall.