Illini spring practice schedule set

Illini to host public practice on April 16 to take place of annual Orange and Blue Spring Game

CHAMPAIGN - Illinois will not host its annual Orange and Blue Spring Game this spring, but new coach Lovie Smith will allow newly-excited fans to watch an open practice on Saturday, April 16 (1 p.m.).

Smith announced an adjusted spring schedule following his surprise hire by athletics director Josh Whitman on March 7. Illinois was supposed to start spring practice on March 11, but Whitman dismissed head coach Bill Cubit on March 5.

The Illini will officially start practice on Friday, April 1, which coincides with the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Clinic (March 31-April 2). The Illini will host 15 practices, wrapping up on Tuesday, April 26.

Admission and parking for the open practice is free.

Practice #1 Friday, April 1 (IHSFCA Coaches Clinic, March 31-April 2)
Practice #2 Saturday, April 2 (IHSFCA Coaches Clinic, March 31-April 2)
Practice #3 Tuesday, April 5
Practice #4 WednesdayApril 6
Practice #5 FridayApril 8
Practice #6 SaturdayApril 9
Practice #7 TuesdayApril 12
Practice #8 WednesdayApril 13
Practice #9 Friday, April 15
Practice #10 Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m. (Open to Public)
Practice #11 TuesdayApril 19
Practice #12 WednesdayApril 20
Practice #13 FridayApril 22
Practice #14 SaturdayApril 23
Practice #15 Tuesday, April 26

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