Illinois Sports: Illinois’ Lovie Smith Getting Started Early in Year 2

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet.

The Illinois football team started their spring practice yesterday. This is extremely early for a spring practice to begin and the Illini need it to fill the holes left by departing players.

Lovie Smith came into this program almost a year ago and he has changed things around. This is a new era of Illinois football and fans have a reason to be excited.

Austin Ward has more on the Illini.

ESPN: Illinois’ Lovie Smith getting started early in Year 2

Two days ago, the Illinois football team had some wonderful news for the fans. They hired a new linebacker’s coach that will help with the team and recruiting.

IMG Academy’s defensive coordinator Donnie Abraham took the job with the Illini to further his career. This will be a huge coaching hire for the future.

Let Jeremy Werner explain more about him.

Scout: Former NFL player, IMG Academy coach Donnie Abraham to join Illinois staff

While the Illinois women’s basketball team continues to fight for wins this season, they are not getting the chance to play in front of big crowds.

This team has so much heart yet they are still not getting the turnout many had hoped. They will continue to build for the future.

Marcus Jackson has more on the Illini.

The News-Gazette: Women’s basketball harbors empty feeling

There are many head coach candidates for the Illini in 2017. Could Cuonzo Martin be a hot choice for athletic director Josh Whitman?

WI: The Case for Cuonzo Martin as Next Illini Head Coach