Before The Bachelor, Colton Underwood had love for Illinois State

Before The Bachelor, Colton Underwood had love for Illinois State
The following is an excerpt from Illinois State Redbirds Football (published by NIU Press in 2016). It features Colton Underwood, known to most as “The Bachelor” but once upon a time a football player from Washington, Ill. and Illinois State University. His father Scott played football for ISU in the late 1980s. His mother Donna... Read more »

Spack, Redbirds haul in impressive running back trio

Spack, Redbirds haul in impressive running back trio
Call it luck, good fortune or being in the right place at the right time. For head coach Brock Spack, running backs falling into his lap late in the recruitment period at Illinois State means he can now call them Redbirds. The February signing period brought three top-flight running backs to Normal and three other... Read more »

Will the AAF succeed? National media pair weighs in

Will the AAF succeed? National media pair weighs in
This is the second in a two-part series previewing the Alliance of American Football. For the first time since promoter Vince McMahon’s ill-fated XFL 18 years ago, sports fans have a professional football league to alleviate their Super Bowl hangovers. The inaugural season of the Alliance of American Football begins this weekend with the debut... Read more »
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Southern Illinois adds 27 players with latest recruits

Southern Illinois adds 27 players with latest recruits
Fourth-year Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill and his staff have brought in another large recruiting class. SIU announced the signing of 18 players on Wednesday, which combined with the nine who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in December, gives the Salukis 27 new players. Wednesday’s signees included five junior college... Read more »

Former Illinois FCS standouts preview inaugural AAF season

Former Illinois FCS standouts preview inaugural AAF season
This is the first in a two-part series previewing the Alliance of American Football. While Sunday’s Super Bowl officially ended the NFL season, the Alliance of American Football (AAF) is kicking off its inaugural weekend. But they’ll be doing it without any Illinois FCS players. Four former Illinois FCS players were among the final cuts... Read more »

Leathernecks lasso 16 recruits, including six transfers

Leathernecks lasso 16 recruits, including six transfers
Head coach Jared Elliott’s second Western Illinois recruiting class delivered 16 new players for the Leatherneck program. A year ago, Elliott and his staff had to work quickly in a shorter amount of time when the then 31-year-old Elliott was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach when Charlie Fisher left Macomb to join the... Read more »
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A closer look at Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing

A closer look at Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing
Adam Cushing has gone from being a longtime Wildcat to becoming the leader of Panthers. Cushing, 38, was hired Dec. 10 as the 25th head coach in Eastern Illinois University football history. The Mount Carmel High School and University of Chicago graduate replaced Kim Dameron at the EIU helm. Cushing spent the past 14 seasons... Read more »

5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019
During the search for Eastern Illinois’ new head football coach, athletic director Tom Michael sought the advice of four of the most prominent figures in EIU gridiron history. “If there is such a thing as an ace up our sleeve, I had four of them in EIU football alumni Mike Shanahan, Sean Payton, Ryan Pace... Read more »

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule
Eastern Illinois Panthers Ohio Valley Conference Head Coach:  Adam Cushing who replaces Kim Dameron (contract not renewed for 2019) Overall Record:  3-8 Conference Record:  3-5 Biggest Win:  The Panthers put all phases of the game together Nov. 10 in a 52-21 romp over Austin Peay on Senior Day at O’Brien Field. EIU finished the day with 216 yards rushing and... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2019
One of the first jobs that Southern Illinois head football coach Nick Hill took on this offseason was finding new offensive and defensive coordinators. Now that he has Blake Rolan in place on offense, this spring’s priority is to find a quarterback to run Rolan’s wide-open attack. With Jason Petrino running the defense, the Salukis... Read more »