Coach left his post as a volunteer assistant with the Tar Heels on Thursday evening.
On the field Thursday, the Illinois football team moved closer to final preparations for its opener against Murray State. Off the field, the program got good news from a pair of sought-after recruits.
Illinois will host Arkansas, Xavier and Missouri State in a two-day event beginning Friday.
The Big Ten announced its 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule Thursday, with Illinois one of the first teams to start conference play with a Dec. 27 date at Maryland.
Illini open conference slate at Maryland
Illinois gains its 11th commit of the 2017 class, and second one of the day, when Huntley defensive lineman Lere Oladipo picked the Illini on Thursday evening.
Receiver Carmoni Green tweeted today that he will play his college football for Lovie Smith, with another big announcement regarding another priority recruit set for this evening.
2016 Football Schedule
|Sept. 3, vs. Murray State, 2:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 10, vs. North Carolina, 6:30 p.m.|
|Sept. 17, vs. Western Michigan, 3 p.m.|
|Oct. 1, at Nebraska, 2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 8, vs. Purdue, TBD|
Oct. 15, at Rutgers, 11 a.m.
Oct. 22, at Michigan, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, vs. Minnesota, 11 a.m.
Nov. 5, vs. Michigan State, TBD
Nov. 12, at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 19, vs. Iowa, TBD
|Nov. 26, at Northwestern, TBD|
|Oct. 30 Illinois vs. Washington U,(exh.), TBD|
|Nov. 4 Illinois vs. Lewis, (exh.), TBD|
|Nov. 11 Illinois vs. South East Missouri State, 8 p.m.|
|Nov. 13 Illinois vs. Northern Kentucky, TBD|
|Nov. 15 Illinois vs. McKendree, 7 p.m.|
|Nov. 18 Illinois vs. Detroit, TBD|
|Nov. 21 Illinois vs. Winthrop, TBD|
|Nov. 24 Illinois vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m.*|
|Nov. 25 Illinois vs. Florida St or Temple, TBD*|
|Nov. 29 Illinois vs. North Carolina State, 8 p.m.|
|Dec. 3 Illinois vs. VCU, TBD+|
|Dec. 6 Illinois vs. IUPUI, TBD|
|Dec. 10 Illinois vs. Central Michigan, TBD|
|Dec. 17 Illinois vs. BYU, 8:30 p.m.^|
|Dec. 21 Illinois vs. Missouri, TBD#|
|Dec. 27 Illinois at Maryland, TBD|
|Jan. 1 Illinois vs. Ohio State, TBD|
|Jan. 7 Illinois at Indiana, TBD|
|Jan. 11 Illinois vs. Michigan, TBD|
|Jan. 14 Illinois vs. Maryland, TBD|
|Jan. 17 Illinois at Purdue, TBD|
|Jan. 21 Illinois at Michigan, TBD|
|Jan. 25 Illinois vs. Iowa, TBD|
|Jan. 28 Illinois at Penn State, TBD|
|Jan. 31 Illinois vs. Wisconsin, TBD|
|Feb. 4 Illinois vs. Minnesota, TBD|
|Feb. 7 Illinois at Northwestern, TBD|
|Feb. 11 Illinois vs. Penn State, TBD|
|Feb. 18 Illinois at Iowa, TBD|
|Feb. 21 Illinois vs. Northwestern, TBD|
|Feb. 26 Illinois at Nebraska, TBD|
|March. 1 Illinois vs. Michigan State, TBD|
|March. 4 Illinois at Rutgers, TBD|
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