Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule

Southern Illinois Salukis Postseason Capsule
Southern Illinois Salukis Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record:  2-9 Conference Record:  1-7 Biggest Win:  The Salukis snapped a six-game losing streak with an inspired performance in a 49-35 road win at Missouri State. Most Frustrating Loss:  Western Illinois scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a 33-yard game-winning field goal with... Read more »

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee

Saunders makes WIU history as first Senior Bowl invitee
Defensive standout Khalen Saunders has made Western Illinois history that the likes of Bryan Cox and Rodney Harrison never did. The same goes for James Milton and Edgerton Hartwell, who won Buck Buchanan Awards as Leathernecks, ditto for Brett Taylor and Kyle Glazier finished as runner-ups. Others including Cyron Brown, Lee Russell and Jason Williams were... Read more »

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2019

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2019
A 5-1 start and a top-10 national ranking in October was a memory by November for Illinois State’s football team. A gauntlet of the top four finishers in the Missouri Valley Football Conference doomed the Redbirds’ hopes of a return to the FCS playoffs. Since appearing in the national championship game after the 2014 season,... Read more »
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Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule
Illinois State Redbirds Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  6-5 Conference Record:  3-5 Biggest Win:  Illinois State picked up its third win over an FBS opponent since 2012 when the Redbirds flew past Colorado State 35-19 Sept. 22 in Fort Collins, Colo. The triumph left the Redbirds with a 3-0 record... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »