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As an Illinois Fighting Illini fan, sickness I joined in the excitement about kicking off the Lovie Smith era.

The sigh of relief after beating the Racers was not because they were a tough team.  It was because, for the first time in a while, things went the Illini’s way.

 For years now, Illinois fans have dealt with agony from their revenue-generating sports programs because things weren’t going their way.