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State homecomings this weekend: Lovie Smith, Treon Harris in Tampa

In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith checks the scoreboard during an NCAA college football game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (Associated Press)

In this Nov. 19, 2016, file photo, Illinois head coach Lovie Smith checks the scoreboard during an NCAA college football game against Iowa at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (Associated Press)

Homecomings

Former Bucs coach Lovie Smith returns to Raymond James Stadium on Friday when his Illini play USF. A look at how other notable ousted coaches fared in similar homecomings:

Tony Dungy

Was: Bucs coach

Returned as: Colts coach

Result: Came back from 21 points down in the final four minutes for a 38-35 overtime win on Monday Night Football in 2003

Jim Leavitt

Was: USF coach

Returned as: San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach

Result: Held the Bucs to 183 yards in a 33-14 win in December 2013

Will Muschamp

Was: Gators coach

Returned as: South Carolina coach

Result: Offensive struggles led to a 20-7 loss at Florida in November

Associated Press

Lovie Smith vs. Ron Zook

Lovie Smith isn't tearing up the Big Ten at Illinois, but he's doing slightly better than former Gators coach Ron Zook did at this point during his attempted career revival in Champaign:

Lovie Smith

Record: 5-9

Points per game: 20

Points allowed per game: 29.4

Losses by at least two touchdowns: 8

Ron Zook

Record: 3-10

Points per game: 17.6

Points allowed per game: 37.3

Losses by at least two touchdowns: 10

Loren Elliott | Times

Treon Harris in Tampa

QB Treon Harris' time at Florida ended poorly; he lost his final three starts in 2015, then was indefinitely suspended by the school before deciding to transfer. But he appears to be making the most of his second chance at Tennessee State, which plays Florida A&M in the Tampa Classic at Raymond James Stadium. Harris helped knock off Division I-A opponent Georgia State in the opener, and his rushing average (8.3 yards per attempt) ranks 12th in I-AA for the 2-0 Tigers.

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