The date is set for Illinois’ annual spring game.
On Monday, Illinois announced that it will hold the spring game on Saturday, April 18. The time is still to be determined, based on the Illinois Athletics website. The event is free to the public and will be held at Memorial Stadium.
Illinois will start spring practice on March 23.
Lovie Smith is entering his fifth season with the program and is coming off his best season at the helm. Last year, the Illini reached bowl eligibility for the first time since 2014 after a 6-6 regular season. Illinois registered upset wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State to hit that six-win mark.
In four seasons under Smith, Illinois is 15-34.