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.
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.