Illini leaders soaking up Chicago homecoming at Big Ten Media Days

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VIDEO ABOVE: Noah Newman hosts the WAND sportscast from Chicago. Hear from Lovie Smith on the QB competition, players on their Chicago homecoming, and BTN's Elise Menaker with one bold prediction!

CHICAGO -- It's been a homecoming to remember for Chicago area natives Mike Dudek, Jamal Milan, and Nick Allegretti at Big Ten Media Days this week.

The Illini trio were picked to represent the team at the 47th annual kickoff luncheon. Before facing the media Tuesday, they went to the Cubs game Monday, which included an unexpected meet and greet with television star Nick Offerman.

When it comes time to talk football they're all business, as they get ready for year three of the Lovie Smith era.

Smith says this season is about seeing results on the field.

Can they pull off a program changing turnaround like the 2007 team that went from a two win season to the Rose Bowl? We'll find out soon enough - training camp kicks off next Friday in Champaign.

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