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Jonathan Bonaguro for the News-Gazette Illinois head coach Lovie Smith after shaking hands with California's head coach Justin Wilcox after Illinois lost the Redbox Bowl 35-20 at LeviþÄôs Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday, December 30, 2019.Jonathan Bonaguro for the News-Gazette Illinois head coach Lovie Smith after shaking hands with California's head coach Justin Wilcox after Illinois lost the Redbox Bowl 35-20 at LeviþÄôs Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Monday, December 30, 2019.

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After the most successful year of the Lovie Smith era, Illinois gave contract extensions and raises to all of its assistant football coaches. The new deals are expected to be approved at Thursday’s UI Board of Trustees meeting. Here’s what the assistants will be paid:

Rod Smith

Offensive coordinator

2019 salary: $700,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2023

New salary: Smith just wrapped up his second season at Illinois and is set to make $750,000 for the 2020 season, with increases in place to $800,000 for 2021 and $850,000 for 2022.

Gill Byrd

Passing game coordinator/safeties coach

2019 salary: $300,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Byrd, who just finished his second season with the Illini, is slated to earn $445,000 for the 2020 season and get a bump to $550,000 in 2021.

Bob Ligashesky

Special teams coordinator

2019 salary: $331,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Ligashesky, one of two mainstays from Lovie Smith’s first staff in 2016, is set to earn $380,000 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Mike Bellamy

Running backs coach

2019 salary: $250,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: The former Illini wideout completed his first season on Smith’s staff in 2019 and is set to earn $315,000 for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Andrew Hayes-Stokers

Wide receivers coach

2019 salary: $335,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Like Ligashesky, Hayes-Stoker has been at Illinois since 2016 and will earn $375,000 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Keynodo Hudson

Cornerbacks coach

2019 salary: $250,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Hudson, who arrived at Illinois prior to the 2019 season from Florida Atlantic, is set to get a raise to $375,000 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Bob McClain

Offensive line coach

2019 salary: $310,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: McClain just finished his first season with the Illini and is slated to earn $380,000 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Cory Patterson

Tight ends coach

2019 salary: $275,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: The St. Louis native completed his second season with the Illini and is set to earn $315,000 in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Miles Smith

Linebackers coach

2019 salary: $220,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Lovie Smith’s son just finished his first season coaching the linebackers and is in line to earn $315,000 for both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Lou Hernandez

Strength and conditioning coach

2019 salary: $306,000

Contract expires: Jan. 31, 2022

New salary: Hernandez is set to see a raise to $400,000 per seasons in 2020 and 2021 after just wrapping up his first season under Lovie Smith.

Bob Asmussen is a college football reporter and columnist for The News-Gazette. His email is asmussen@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@BobAsmussen).