Mac On Sports: Illini Caravan With Coach Lovie Smith In Decatur



J. Thomas McNamara


     There was a lot of orange-and-blue in downtown Decatur last night (Tuesday) as the Illini Caravan, featuring football head coach Lovie Smith, gymnastics coach and bronze medalist Olympian Justin Spring and assistant basketball coach, Geoff Alexander, rolled into the Knights of Columbus hall.
Spring and Alexander were the first to arrive with Smith walking in shortly before 5 o’clock where he was immediately greeted by Illini fans, who were entering at the same time and some, who had just walked in to the facility.
I quickly cornered Smith for a couple of quick questions before he was ushered away for an interview with Matt Hall of Neuhoff Media.
     Smith isn’t concerned at all about the quarterback position, saying it is always better to have multiple quarterbacks to call signals. He was responding about the recent deletions and the uncertainty of reported graduate transfer Fink and Stevens. And an anonymous third. Stevens played at Penn State and Fink at USC. The latter’s father said his son was committing to Illinois, but he got a little head of his son, who quickly wrote that he had not made any decisions on where to play football in the future.
     Regardless of who plays there, the Illini head coach is confident they will get the job done for Rod Smith’s offense.
     He also said he isn’t concerned about the Illinois legislature passing legislation legalizing marijuana because it won’t affect his team rules at all as the NCAA rules take precedence over any state laws, indicating any player competing in NCAA sanctioned events since has to pass before and after games drug tests.
     Alexander said the same thing in an earlier chat in the evening.
     I‘ll have more on their comments in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

     After interviewing the three, I departed to head north for Forsyth to watch our granddaughter, Allie Robinson, and her Maroa-Forsyth teammates play Argenta-Oreana in the Trojans regional semi-final game which the hosts won, 3-0, for a berth against St. Joseph-Ogden Saturday for the regional title.

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