A few times a month, a reporter asks a head coach a question on camera that is so silly it leaves me shaking my head in utter disbelief.

That happened recently to Illinois head coach Lovie Smith, who fielded a question about “being too lax with his team”. The question was apparently in response to getting to the root of why the Illini rank 116th in penalty yards because “lax” is defined as “not sufficiently strict, severe, or careful.”

Lovie kept his composure and responded by first asking the guy to repeat the question. When he was too slow to do that, Lovie responded by saying he wasn’t going to dignify the question with a response.

Then, perhaps best of all, Lovie turned the question back around on the reporter after a few moments of awkward silence, “Lax with the football team? Are you lax with your job?”

“I’m not either. Thank you.”

Lovie and the Illini are off to a 1-4 start, dropping their last four in a row after a season opening win against FCS Murray State. The Illini still have yet to play against Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern.