While Littyville and #ILLGang19 are taking off on social media, leading to Illinois Football receiving some of its biggest commitments in a decade — Marquez Beason and Isaiah Williams — the Illini on the field have been pretty quiet this spring.
Overall, that’s probably for the best. As head coach Lovie Smith continues to develop a culture and program identity in his third year with Illinois, a movement for the future should probably take precedent to the action on the field.
However, you, the fan, have the chance to watch what’s been going on in early morning with Illinois this spring. The Illini will be holding an open spring practice this Saturday, April 7.
Grange Grove and parking lots will open at 9 a.m., and Illinois’ practice begins at noon. The practice will consist of stretches, warm-ups and a controlled scrimmage. It’s not the typical spring game, but that has not been Lovie’s thing during his tenure in Champaign.
Smith and Illinois’ players will be available for autographs after the practice at approximately 1:45 p.m.
The best part about potentially going to the practice? Getting to see Lovie’s beard.