Coverage of the state's Football Championship Subdivison (FCS) programs--Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. News, notes, stats and quotes about these Division I football programs, which have produced two national championships, two national runners-up, two Walter Payton Award winners and 95 NFL Draft choices.
The blog covers all four teams throughout the season with insights into top performances, top plays, trends and observations, along with personality profiles and fun features. Off-season coverage includes fall previews, spring football updates and recruiting reports.The blog provides a one-stop shop home for fans and alumni of all four schools to learn the latest updates about their teams.
Blog co-authors Barry Bottino and Dan Verdun bring years of experience covering collegiate athletics. Barry has covered college athletes for more than two decades in his "On Campus" column, which is published weekly by Shaw Media. Dan has written four books about the state's football programs--"NIU Huskies Football" (released in 2013), "EIU Panthers Football (2014), "ISU Redbirds" (2016) and “SIU Salukis Football" (2017).