Following the news that the University of Illinois football program had hired Lovie Smith as its upcoming coach to dejectedly stare into the distance on their sideline, we wanted to celebrate the former NFL coach by looking back at his many varied facial expressions.
“Half Chub Love” Lovie, after explaining the intricacies of the Tampa 2 defense to the young padawan Mike Glennon.
Happy Lovie, just sitting back and thinking about that asshole Greg Schiano finally getting what Lovie thinks we can all agree was a long time coming.
Apprehensive Lovie, attempting to calculate how many days until Marc Trestman’s daughter turns 18.
Sad Lovie, remembering the good old days when you could fail to make the playoffs after starting the season 7-1 and everything was kosher.
Angry Lovie, moments after thinking about Kyle Orton’s neck beard.
Bored Lovie, burning a timeout just to feel something.
Confident Lovie, thinking that maybe just maybe this could be the challenge that breaks his way.
Scared Lovie, kept awake at night by the ghost of every Rex Grossman interception and the lingering suspicion that he won’t be able to live up to the legacy of Ron Zook.
Pensive Lovie. Every time you hear a bell ring, Lovie Smith has lost another recruit to an actual top-tier program.
Mischievous Lovie. The noted prankster once convinced U of I that Rex Grossman still had another year of college eligibility.
Longing Lovie, hoping that one day he could find something he loved as passionately as defensive takeaways.
Anxious Lovie, pondering how long he has to work in Champaign until a better job offer comes along.
Surprised Lovie — he sure as hell wasn’t expecting an Adam Archuleta reference to be relevant either.
Smug Lovie, licking his chops at the prospect of smothering Vincent Jackson’s fantasy potential.