Part 1 - The Worst Case Scenario: What It Might Have Been

Steve Sturm, Football Writer

We're doing a three-part series in the coming weeks with a projection of what might have been for the Illinois football program but for a couple of recent major changes.

In today's Part 1, named "The Worst Case Scenario," I project what the Illini fandom would have been looking at in 2021 without COVID-19 and with Lovie Smith in charge of the program.

Next week's Part 2 will look at the hypothetical state of the program with 12 seniors returning thanks to the pandemic "bonus . . .

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