The Fighting Illini fell to Northwestern 42-21 on Saturday to end Lovie Smith’s first season in Champaign with a 3-9 record. Illinois has had a lot more downs than ups this season, and dealt with a number of injuries throughout the year. But now Smith and the coaching staff are shifting all their focus to recruiting.
“We’re going to transition to recruiting immediately,” says Smith. “We’ll all of course stay in Chicago and start working. We need to let our roster have a different look. That’s what you do every year, but this is our first recruiting class coming in so we’re excited about that.”