Top of the Morning, March 10, 2017

Top of the Morning, March 10, 2017

A month after his own signing day, Illinois football coach LOVIE SMITH took part in a second.

Smith was a guest Thursday at the Illinois College of Business Signing Day ceremony at the Business Instructional Facility Commons. During the annual event, sophomore business students declared their majors.

Going into his second season, Smith said he wants to be involved in student activities whenever his schedule allows it.

"We talk an awful lot about our education and how important that is," Smith said. "When we're out recruiting, we brag on our business college. A lot of athletes want to major in business, so to be a part of that is pretty special."

Smith was happy to take part: "When someone requests me to be involved in something, it's an honor to be able to do it."

Why Smith?

"We invited Coach Smith because he was fresh off his own successful signing day and he understands the importance of shaping the future — of the program as well as for the student," said JAN SLATER of the College of Business.

On to my weekend recommendations ....

"Hot Tub Time Machine," 9 p.m., Comedy Central

The name got my attention. The premise lured me in. And the cast (JOHN CUSACK, CRAIG ROBINSON, ROB CORDDRY) won me over. Go in with low expectations and you will laugh. A lot. Thank me later.

"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC

Actress SCARLETT JOHANSSON returns for her fifth time as host. LORDE is the musical guest.

"Making History," 7:30 p.m., Fox

In the year of time-travel shows, this one goes for laughs. ADAM PALLY is likable as Dan, who uses a magic sleeping bag to go from era to era. Quirky comedies sometimes turn into hits. Give it a try and tell me what you think.