Report: Lovie Smith Wants Mike Sherman As Illinois Offensive Coordinator

    Lovie Smith has some targets for his Illinois coaching staff, and Mike Sherman is one of them, according to a report.

    March 8, 2016

    Lovie Smith has some targets for his Illinois coaching staff, and Mike Sherman is one of them, according to a report.

    That last time the Illinois football program notched double-digit wins was 2001, when Ron Turner led the Fighting Illini to a 10-2 record. There have only been three other double-digit-win seasons in Illinois’ history, and the program has never won more than 10 games in a season.

    Illinois hopes to chart a new course, which is why the school hired Lovie Smith — to bring a winning mentality. And maybe that’s why the former Chicago Bears coach is targeting Mike Sherman as his potential offensive coordinator, according to FOX Sports.

    Smith is also eyeing Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tim Holt to coach the Illinois offensive line. Holt served as the Bears’ offensive line coach in Smith’s last season with Chicago (2012).

    Andrew Hayes-Stoker is believed to be Smith’s choice for wide receivers coach. Hayes-Stoker coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers last season under Smith. They also worked together from 2010 to 2012 when Hayes-Stoker spent three seasons as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Bears. Before that, he spent four seasons as a football operations and offensive assistant with Chicago.

    Sherman is the biggest name of the bunch. He has bounced between all levels of football over the years and is currently the head coach at Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, Mass. He’s best known for his time as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2000 to 2005.

    After he left Green Bay, Sherman served as the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job at Texas A&M. He was with the Aggies from 2008 to 2011 before serving as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2013.

    The NFL experience Smith is trying to bring in could be beneficial on the recruiting trail. Illinois certainly needs it, considering the conference is dominated by the likes of Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio.

    Illinois’ 2016 recruiting class ranked No. 60 in the nation. In the 2015 cycle, the Illini finished with the No. 34-ranked class.

    MORE: Chicago Bears Fans React To Illinois Hiring Lovie Smith


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