Lovie Smith's Contract Approved by Board of Trustees

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URBANA -- University of Illinois trustees make official what was inevitable - Lovie Smith is the next hed football coach at Illinois.

As a matter of formality, the board approved Smith's 6'year, $29 milliion contract.

Smith will be paid $2 million a year his first two seasons under the deal approved Wednesday. His salary would rise to $3 million in his third year, $4 million in his fourth season and $5 million in years five and six.

Smith will be paid a $1 million bonus if he remains at Illinois for three seasons and again if he stays all six seasons.

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