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In Memoriam: Illinois Fighting Illini Football Head Coach Lovie Smith, 2016-2020

A carefully crafted tribute to the Lovie Smith era at Illinois. I laughed, I cried, I learned, I loved. LYRICS: And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain My friends, I'll say it clear And state my case of which I'm certain I've grown a beard that's full Recruited each and every highway But more, much more than this I did it my way Regrets, I've had a few But then again, too few to mention You see, I did what I felt that we as a coaching staff had to do to put our players in the best position to succeed each week without exception I planned each charted course Each careful step along the byway And more, much more than this, I did it my way Yes there were times I'm sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew But through it all, when there was doubt, I couldn't buy a three and out But I told them all Punch out the ball Because that's my way I've loved, I've laughed and cried, I've had my fill, my share of losing And now, as beard subsides, I find it all just so amusing To think, I allowed all those points And may I now just say in a characteristically shy way as I address the media here. What I'd like to say is actually nothing at all, but I'll still tell you words even though they mean nothing because That is my way For what is a man? What has he got? When he loses games 63 to naught? He says the things he truly meant In that first half, we were content The record shows My program blows 'Cause this was my way Yes This was my way. Credit to IlliniFootballBreakdown for the Leave Everyone Open Zone clip
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