Fall Flashback: ISU upends unbeaten South Dakota for Homecoming triumph

Illinois State defensive lineman Dalton Keene celebrates during the Redbirds' Homecoming win. (photo courtesy of GoRedbirds.com)
This photo gallery highlights Illinois State’s 37-21 win Homecoming win over No. 4 and previously undefeated South Dakota last fall. It is the first in a series of four galleries highlighting the biggest victories by Illinois FCS schools from the 2017 season.  

14 things Prairie State Pigskin loves about FCS football

14 things Prairie State Pigskin loves about FCS football
Since we’ve both been pretty busy with our day jobs, family and more, we can’t think of a better way to begin this year’s post . . . so a year ago, we wrote, “The Fighting Illini may have a head coach named Lovie and Northwestern may be passionate about its purple, but the alumni and... Read more »

Illinois FCS football walking in Winter Olympics wonderland

Illinois FCS football walking in Winter Olympics wonderland
With the Olympics in full swing, Prairie State Pigskin wanted to know what those we cover (and those who also cover) FCS football in our state enjoy about the Winter Games. In true Olympic spirit we reached out to a wide range of people–players, former players, coaches, administrators, media members and the wife of a head coach.... Read more »
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Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups

Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups
When starting quarterback Sam Straub went down with a season-ending injury in late October, the Southern Illinois offense took a major hit. Without the pilot of the Salukis leading the way, the team finished the season 0-4 down the stretch as two different QBs combined to complete 43 percent of their passes with only five... Read more »

Elliott's first WIU recruiting class lands 21 players

Elliott's first WIU recruiting class lands 21 players
Hired Jan. 4 as Western Illinois head coach, Jared Elliott didn’t have much time to round out his first recruiting class. Then again, the 31-year-old had been a part of the Leatherneck football program since 2016 when he was a member of Charlie Fisher’s staff. Elliott spent last season as WIU assistant head coach and... Read more »

Eastern Illinois finds fresh QB arms for new offense

Eastern Illinois finds fresh QB arms for new offense
A new offensive coordinator has brought a shiny new offense to Charleston this spring. The Panthers, who finished 6-5 last season but averaged only 17.6 points a game, will switch to the Air Raid offense thanks to new coordinator Scott Parr. To help the transition, the Panthers brought in three quarterbacks in their 2018 class,... Read more »
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ISU recruiting class features nationally rated safety

ISU recruiting class features nationally rated safety
After missing the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2013, head coach Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds are dead set on returning to the postseason. One of the key areas that ISU needs to rebuild is the defensive backfield. With three of four starters lost to graduation including NFL Draft Combine invitee Davontae Harris,... Read more »

Illinois FCS Notebook: Transfer rules update, Kill returns to SIU and more

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Transfer rules update, Kill returns to SIU and more
Under proposed legislation by the NCAA, Division-I athletes would be allowed to transfer schools without restriction in certain specified situations. The news, which was originally reported by CBS Sports, would certainly have huge ramifications on all sports, including football.  The proposal, which originated from the Big 12 Conference, would also allow athletes to transfer without sitting... Read more »

XFL reboot? Here's a brief look at alternate pro football leagues & their Illinois connections

XFL reboot? Here's a brief look at alternate pro football leagues & their Illinois connections
News broke last week that promoter Vince McMahon was bringing back the XFL. According to sports financial writer Darren Rovell, McMahon will use the same name for the league that he and NBC tried for one season in 2001. McMahon said he is the sole funding source for the league, which is slated to begin in... Read more »
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Super Sunday special teams appearance for ex-EIU star

Super Sunday special teams appearance for ex-EIU star
According to Google maps, the distance from Honolulu to Philadelphia is 4,908 miles. It’s 3,960 miles from the Hawaiian capital to Minneapolis, site of this year’s Super Bowl. While certainly those are long-distance journeys, they pale in comparison to the journey it often takes for an NFL player to reach the Super Bowl.   Countless players–including many... Read more »