Bucs reunion: Donnie Abraham joining Lovie Smith at Illinois
Former Bucs coach Lovie Smith has tabbed another familiar name for his coaching staff at Illinois, with former Bucs cornerback Donnie Abraham expected to join his staff as an assistant.
Abraham, 43, was coaching at IMG Academy in Bradenton, following coaching stints at Clearwater, East Lake and Gibbs high schools in Pinellas County. He overlapped with Smith as a Bucs player from 1996-2001 -- his 31 career interceptions with the Bucs still rank second all-time, behind only Ronde Barber. He's the second former Bucs player on Smith's staff, joining defensive coordinator and former Bucs linebacker Hardy Nickerson.
Abraham's hiring hasn't been formally announced by Illinois yet, but he's expected to work with the defensive secondary. His first season at Illinois will have him again going up against his son Devin, who is a rising senior safety at USF, which plays host to the Illini on Sept. 15. Father and son have squared off before, when Devin was playing at East Lake.