Illinois Football Coach Lovie Smith Says His Team Will Be Ready And Better Than Ever Once They’re Allowed To Play Again

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Illinois football coach Lovie Smith is keeping a positive attitude amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has halted sports, and it’s thrown a serious wrench into spring football practice. Despite that, Smith isn’t worried. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)


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“Eventually, we’re going to play football and the University of Illinois will be ready when they turn on the lights. As a coach, you can have a game plan, but nothing goes exactly the way you think it will,” the Fighting Illini coach told the media Friday, according to The Telegraph.

He added, “Before this virus started impacting our country, we were preparing to have the best football season we’ve had in a long time at the University of Illinois. Nothing has changed as far as that’s concerned.”


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The reality of the situation is that Smith’s outlook is pretty much the only one you can have. Right now, sports have been decimated by the virus.

You can accept that, make the best of it and prepare for a return, or you can ignore it by sticking your head in the sand.

Smith has chosen to keep a positive attitude, and he should be applauded for that. There’s really no other choice on the table right now.


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He also has Illinois heading in the proper direction as a football program. Let’s not forget that they pulled off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport when they beat Wisconsin last year.

There’s no doubt he has the Fighting Illini on an upward trajectory.

Props to him for staying ready. There’s really nothing else you can do right now.