Former Bears coach Lovie Smith is making scheduled appearances on ESPN on Thursday. It's the first time he's spoken to any medium since being fired after nine seasons in charge of the Bears.
Smith appeared on SportsCenter early Thursday to discuss the upcoming NFL draft, but he'll also make an appearance on ESPN's NFL Live (3:00 p.m. CST).
Smith was fired on Dec. 31 after the Bears failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. He was replaced by Marc Trestman, who is holding a voluntary minicamp this week at Halas Hall.
The Bears still owe Smith $5 million for the upcoming season since he was fired with one year left on his deal and did not find a job in the NFL for the 2013 season.