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Unhappy with Bucs' Dirk Koetter? Let's check in on Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith's first team at Illinois is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.

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Lovie Smith's first team at Illinois is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten.

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Bucs fans probably aren't too thrilled with coach Dirk Koetter and a 3-4 team that just allowed Derek Carr to record the most passing yards in franchise history.

Misery, I suppose, is relative. Let's check in on the Bucs' last head coach, Lovie Smith.

Smith's first team at Illinois is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten. The Illini have the same conference record as Purdue but are technically last in the division, after a 34-31 loss to the woeful Boilermakers earlier this year. A week later, those Boilermakers fired their head coach.

Smith's name is circulating in national college football circles, which isn't good when you're 2-6. ESPN (in this story behind a pay wall) writes that "several industry sources say that Smith is miserable in Champaign" and that his situation is "especially sour - and that the rebuilding job looks much greater than he anticipated." It even raises the question of whether Smith could be one and done with the Illini.

USA Today called the Illinois job a "dark horse" to open in its latest coaching carousel update.

Smith, for what it's worth, tried to end the speculation last night.

But when you're having to tweet statements about how happy you are on Halloween night, things probably aren't going very well. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:00am]

    

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