Lovie Smith is on the phone, but you can practically hear his smile as he’s asked for the differences between his old job — NFL coach — and his new task of trying to rouse the perpetually sleeping giant that is Illinois football. “Yes, I have been asked that question a few times,” Smith said with the mildest chuckle.
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