Illinois football hasn’t had much success in recent years. With that, came a coaching change over this past off-season.

The Fighting Illini hired former NFL head coach Lovie Smith to right the ship. Smith is most known in the NFL for his work with the Chicago Bears, so the hire seemed to make geographical sense.

On Tuesday night, Smith brought one of his friends from the NFL level to talk to his student-athletes.

Edwards believes highly in the current Fighting Illini head coach.

Smith has a long way to go in turning around Illinois’ program, but having former NFL coaches stop by to check out practice and chat with your players can’t hurt.

The Fighting Illini are currently 2-5 overall and face Minnesota at 11 a.m. CST on Saturday at home. The game will be televised on either BTN or BTN2.