Illinois was forced to delay the start of spring practice until it got a head coach and a staff in place following the firing of Bill Cubit.

Lucky for the Illini, Josh Whitman and Lovie Smith acted quickly.

Smith announced the spring practice schedule, which will kick off the first of April. Illinois’ spring practices were initially scheduled to start March 11.

Still, with all that Smith and the new staff has ahead of them, Illinois will not have a spring game. Instead, the Illini will host an open practice on Saturday, April 16.

Smith will also introduce the coaching staff at a press conference on March 22.

Here’s the schedule Illinois will have in April:

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