Monday was the annual Big 10 Conference football media day in Chicago.  All 14 of the conference teams had their head coaches in attendance along with a few selected players from each squad. 


>Illinois football had a record of 3-and-9 last season (2016).  It was the first year under head coach Lovie Smith. 


Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith - on what he expects from the Fighting Illini in 2017:



Smith talks about his 2nd year as Illinois head football coach:



Smith says they will go with a junior as their starting QB:






The Fighting Illini open training camp next week - Monday, July 31.  The 2017 home opener is set for Saturday, September 2 vs. Ball State right here on the Big-Z (94.3 FM, 1570 AM). 


In 2016 - Penn State won the Big 10 East Division while Wisconsin won the Big 10 West title.