Former Illinois football stars share their summer job woes

Former Illinois football stars share their summer job woes
Nearly everyone has worked those summer jobs that helped earn a little spending money, filled idle hours, kept parents at bay and taught valuable life lessons. The following is a collection of responses I got to the question, “What was your worst summer job” when I wrote my books on college football in Illinois. This... Read more »

Summer Daze: Former Illinois players share their worst jobs

Summer Daze:  Former Illinois players share their worst jobs
Nearly everyone has worked those summer jobs that helped earn a little spending money, filled idle hours, kept parents at bay and taught valuable life lessons. The following is a collection of responses I got to the question, “What was your worst summer job” when I wrote my books on college football in Illinois. This... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great
Illinois State has dismissed its leading tackler from the team, according to a recent story by beat writer Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph. ISU head coach Brock Spack confirmed that senior linebacker Tyree Horton was removed from the team “by an accumulation of events and not one major transgression,” according to Reinhardt’s story. “I gave him... Read more »
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State FCS coaches react to NCAA redshirt rule change

The NCAA has altered its rule on redshirting. What remains in effect is that Division I players–both at the FBS and FCS levels–have five years to use four years of eligibility to play in games. What has changed is that players may now participate in up to four games in a season without losing one... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Former Western receiver continues long Arena career

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Former Western receiver continues long Arena career
Former Western Illinois receiver and Chicago native Reggie Gray has led a nomadic life as a professional football player. The 34-year-old Gray began his Arena Football League career in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Rush. However, after three seasons playing for his hometown team, the Rush folded. Thus, the Morgan Park High School... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star

Throwback Thursday:  John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star
John Jurkovic can be heard daily on Chicago sports talk radio. Most who knew him back in his days as an All-American defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois aren’t surprised. “(John was a) crafty player (with a) great entertaining personality,” said Randy Melvin who coached Jurkovic in his junior and senior seasons. Jurkovic first caught the... Read more »
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A pair of Redbirds & a Saluki among those opening Canadian football season

Two former Illinois State quarterbacks and a Southern Illinois defensive back are among those on Canadian Football League rosters as the game north of the border opened its preseason schedule this past weekend. Quarterback Kevin Glenn is set to begin his 18th season when the CFL regular season opens June 14. He signed as a... Read more »

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after school shooting

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after  school shooting
Former Southern Illinois defensive lineman Jason Seaman has been released from the hospital, according to multiple reports Saturday.  Seaman, who lettered for SIU 2007-2010, suffered three gunshot wounds after confronting an armed student in his class Friday. After undergoing surgery, he has been released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Seaman, who grew... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star

Throwback Thursday:  Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star
For a time Mike Prior wasn’t sure which helmet to wear, that of a baseball or football player. “There weren’t too many people knocking down my door (as college football recruiters),” said the former Illinois State standout in both sports. “My junior year, I didn’t even start,” Prior said of his prep football career at... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach

Throwback Thursday:  Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach
In a profession filled with rolling stones, Lou Saban may have been the most nomadic of them all. “When Lou took a job his next thought was what would be the job after that,” said former Western Illinois assistant and Macomb native Robert “Red” Miller in 2009. To stress his point, Miller told a story... Read more »