5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019
Two close losses at the end of the season kept Western Illinois out of the FCS playoffs. A promising start to the season was lost thanks to two defeats by a total of seven points. Along with solving their November struggles, the Leathernecks will have to replace three-year starting quarterback Sean McGuire, one of the... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  5-5 Conference Record:  4-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks knocked off No. 17 and future FCS playoff participant Northern Iowa 37-17 on Oct. 27. The victory marked the third consecutive season WIU posted at least two victories over a Top 25 team.  Most Frustrating Loss: Indiana State... Read more »

Eastern officially welcomes Cushing as head football coach

Eastern officially welcomes Cushing as head football coach
Eastern Illinois officially hired Northwestern assistant Adam Cushing as its 25th head football coach Monday afternoon in Charleston. Cushing, a Chicago native and graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, takes over the Panther program. The 38-year-old follows the five-year tenure of Kim Dameron, whose contract was not renewed by EIU. EIU athletic director Tom Michael... Read more »
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EIU's Johnson named MVP in postseason all-star game

EIU's Johnson named MVP in postseason all-star game
Eastern Illinois running back Isaiah Johnson was selected as the National Offensive MVP player in Sunday’s FCS National Bowl played in Daytona Beach. Johnson, the Panthers’ leading rusher this past season, produced 128 total yards on offense in the game. The Clarksville, Tenn. native rushed seven times, gaining 18 yards but had a loss of 14, thus his... Read more »

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut
Six former Illinois FCS players will continue their football career as newly formed The Alliance of American Football prepares for its February kickoff. Offensive linemen Jacob Judd (Western Illinois) and Cameron Lee (Illinois State) will play for the Arizona Hotshots. Running back Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) will report to the Birmingham Iron. Former Eastern Illinois... Read more »

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs

Weather has and will play a factor in FCS playoffs
With the the FCS playoffs entering the quarterfinal round weather can certainly be a factor in the outcome of games. With that in mind, here’s some famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) games that involved Illinois teams in the I-AA/FCS playoffs. Dec. 10, 1983 Southern Illinois 23, Nevada-Reno 7 On the road... Read more »
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EIU's Johnson headed to FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach

EIU's Johnson headed to FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach
The leading rusher for Eastern Illinois will participate in the upcoming FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla. “(It’s) the opportunity to be able to suit up one more time and play another game but in front of scouts that can potentially get us an opportunity at the next level,” Johnson told Prairie State Pigskin. Johnson led... Read more »

Illinois Bicentennial: ISU's near-miss of a national championship

Illinois Bicentennial:  ISU's near-miss of a national championship
To commemorate the upcoming Dec. 3 bicentennial of Illinois becoming a state, Prairie State Pigskin begins a series today featuring some milestones in the Land of Lincoln’s football lore. Today, we highlight Illinois State’s 2014 national championship appearance (the actual game was played in January 2015)  with an excerpt from ISU Redbirds Football (published by... Read more »

Illinois Bicentennial: A Saluki thriller from 1983

Illinois Bicentennial: A Saluki thriller from 1983
To commemorate the upcoming Dec. 3 bicentennial of Illinois becoming a state, Prairie State Pigskin begins a series today featuring some milestones in the Land of Lincoln’s football lore. Today, we highlight Southern Illinois’ 1983 national championship with an excerpt from SIU Salukis Football (published by SIU Press). Michael Jackson wasn’t the only one producing... Read more »
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Illinois Bicentennial: EIU pulled off a miracle in 1978

Illinois Bicentennial:  EIU pulled off a miracle in 1978
To commemorate the upcoming Dec. 3 bicentennial of Illinois becoming a state, Prairie State Pigskin begins a series today featuring some milestones in the Land of Lincoln’s football lore. Today, we highlight Eastern Illinois’ 1978 national championship with an excerpt from EIU Panthers Football (published by NIU Press). As the waning seconds of the 1980... Read more »