Longtime NFL head coach Herm Edwards visited Champaign on Tuesday and will speak to the Illinois team Tuesday night, according to a tweet from Fighting Illini coach Lovie Smith.
— Lovie Smith (@LovieSmith) October 25, 2016
— Writing Illini (@WritingIlliniFS) October 25, 2016
Edwards coached the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs from 2001-08, accumulating a 54-74 record. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
Smith himself was an NFL head coach from 2004-15 before being hired by Illinois in March.
Though Smith, who helmed the Bears and Buccaneers, and Edwards coached in different conferences, they faced each other several times over their shared time in the NFL.
When the Bucs fired Smith in January, Edwards called the decision “a head-scratcher.” After the Illini hired Smith, the ESPN analyst praised him once again.
Herm Edwards: "If your family has a young child, he's a football player and Lovie Smith is recruiting him, send him to Illinois."
— Jeremy Werner (@JWernerScout) March 8, 2016
Illinois is currently 2-5, coming off a 41-8 loss to Michigan.