Western seeks rebound in road contest at Missouri State

Western seeks rebound in road contest at Missouri State
The Missouri Valley Football Conference is a difficult place to learn on the job. Yet, for Western Illinois’ young offensive line, that’s exactly what the Leathernecks must do. Starting three redshirt freshmen, a redshirt sophomore and a senior in its offensive line, WIU has lost a pair of consecutive league games. WIU (2-4 overall, 1-2... Read more »

Eastern hosts UT-Martin for 101st Homecoming game

Eastern hosts UT-Martin for 101st Homecoming game
Kim Dameron and Jason Simpson view their teams in a similar fashion. Unfortunately, that fashion is as welcome as an ’80s wedding ensemble. “I see them a little bit like us in the fact that we’re kind of in unfamiliar territory as far as our record is concerned right now,” Dameron said. “We both played... Read more »

Community Champions: Helping kids keeps WIU's Hendon on his toes

Community Champions: Helping kids keeps WIU's Hendon on his toes
This story is part of a twice-a-month series called Community Champions, which will feature Illinois FCS programs making a difference in their communities. Have a story idea? Leave a comment below. Dancing for 12 consecutive hours this spring transformed Tre Hendon. There was dancing, of course, at the annual Western Illinois University Dance Marathon, a... Read more »
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Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase

Top defenses on display as Illinois State travels to North Dakota State for Top 10 showcase
The top two defenses in the Missouri Valley Football Conference will be on display in a Top 10 national battle between Illinois State and North Dakota State Saturday in Fargo. And it’s a confrontation that was immediately recognized following the Redbirds’ impressive 51-3 romp over Southern Illinois last weekend. “We’ve got a big challenge up... Read more »

Ohio Valley Conference coaches share thoughts, memories on Spoo's passing

Ohio Valley Conference coaches share thoughts, memories on Spoo's passing
Several Ohio Valley Conference head coaches took time during Tuesday’s teleconference to share their thoughts and memories on the passing of longtime Eastern Illinois head coach Bob Spoo, who died Monday morning. Kim Dameron, Eastern Illinois’ current head coach, went in-depth about Spoo. Dameron served as an EIU assistant under Spoo and also coached against him... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU receiver Raphael Leonard

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU receiver Raphael Leonard
Raphael Leonard is one of Southern Illinois’ most recognizable players. Much of that status comes from his having played at East Mississippi Community College in 2016, where Leonard was part of Season 2 of the popular Netflix documentary Last Chance U. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound senior leads the Salukis in receptions. In fact, Leonard has caught at... Read more »
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EIU mourns loss of longtime head coach Bob Spoo

EIU mourns loss of longtime head coach Bob Spoo
Former Eastern Illinois football coach Bob Spoo died early Monday morning in Rockford.  Spoo, 80, was head coach at EIU from 1987-2011, amassing a school-record 144 victories. His 68 Ohio Valley Conference wins rank fourth all-time among conference head coaches. While Spoo certainly can be measured in numbers, awards and conference championships, his legacy goes far... Read more »

Stalled drives, turnovers tame Western against No. 1 NDSU

Stalled drives, turnovers tame Western against No. 1 NDSU
Of eight drives in the first half against No. 1 ranked North Dakota State, the Western Illinois offense enjoyed little success. Against the stifling Bison (6-0), Western managed one drive longer than four plays and punted five times. Those offensive struggles defined Saturday’s game in Macomb as NDSU rolled to a 34-7 Missouri Valley Football... Read more »

Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache

Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache
NORMAL–Brock Spack’s new look was the opposite of the game’s result–a close shave. The 10-year Illinois State head coach made a deal with his team that if the Redbirds could beat rival Southern Illinois by at least 35 points–the margin of last year’s 42-7 loss in Carbondale–then Spack would shave his famous mustache after the... Read more »
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Ohio Valley's best punishes Eastern Illinois

Ohio Valley's best punishes Eastern Illinois
Matching up against the Ohio Valley Conference’s best team led Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron to issue a warning. “If we turn the ball over, we don’t have a chance,” he told the media this week. Though the Panthers limited their turnovers to only one Saturday, they still had nary a chance against seventh-ranked... Read more »