Lovie Smith named head football coach at University of Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, IL (KPLR)- It's official. "They will win."

Former NFL coach Lovie Smith has been named the new head football coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He will replace Bill Cubit, who was fired Saturday after one season in charge at the university.

Director of Athletics, Josh Whitman, tweeted photos of himself and Smith using the hashtags #ILLINI and #WEWILLWIN. The official Illini Football Twitter account did the same.

In a news release, Smith said he did not hesitate to take his first college head-coaching job.

The defensive-minded Smith also took the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006 where they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Cubit was 5-7 as Illinois' interim coach last fall.

Smith was dismissed as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after two seasons. He was also the Chicago Bears head coach from 2004-2012.

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