Lovie Smith Caught Icing UIUC Football Kickers With Smirnoff Ice During Practice

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As the Fighting Illini enter their first bye week of the season, head coach Lovie Smith has been spending some one-on-one time with his kicking personnel. During the off week, Coach Lovie Smith has taken to “icing” his kickers quite literally by alternatively snapping footballs and Smirnoff Ices.

“Tim Beckman was essentially hazing his players, so I think the bar for what constitutes ‘abuse’ has been set pretty high,” Smith noted. “A lot of our fans wonder if our kickers are drunk during the game, anyway. Surprisingly, our kickers have always been stone-cold sober, not counting horse tranquilizers. Our kicking has actually improved tremendously after introducing icing, so not only have I solved the kicking problem, but I may have even found us our next sponsorship!”

Although the NCAA may not be fans of this unorthodox practice regime, Illini kickers like Chase McLaughlin are intoxicated with Smith’s vision.

“I’d trust that man with my life, so if Coach smiles softly at me and tells me to drink, you bet your sweet ass I’ll get right on my knee and start chugging. And with a big game coming up against Nebraska next week, it’s nice to have a little something to take the edge off,” belched McLaughlin through a backwards helmet.

With the warm reception and positive results that his icing has yielded, Smith is hoping to incorporate similar tactics into other aspects of practice, starting with a Bongzilla Beer Bong for the offensive linemen.