Addition of new Redbird OL Megginson is no laughing matter

Addition of new Redbird OL Megginson is no laughing matter
Gabe Megginson has made quite an impression so far in only four months on Illinois State’s campus. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle has been “a tremendous addition to our team,” said ISU head football coach Brock Spack. “He’s fun to be around. He’s just goofy enough that he’s awesome. He makes us laugh. He laughs... Read more »

Whether or not the weather affects this weekend's FCS spring games still up in the air

Whether or not the weather affects this weekend's FCS spring games still up in the air
Logic would tell you that by scheduling spring practices essentially two weeks ahead of other state football programs would run the risk of rough weather (albeit playing in a milder climate six hours south of Chicago). Yet, this spring, logic has resembled a wind-blown shanked punt. And that turned out well for Nick Hill. The... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo
For all intents, this past Saturday closed spring camp for the Southern Illinois football. The Salukis concluded their spring practices with their annual spring game in Carbondale and a Monday walk-through. Meanwhile, the three other FCS programs in Illinois have a week and a half  of workouts left on their schedules. “Any time you can... Read more »
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Former ISU star joins The Bachelorette fray

The tweet by @RedbirdFB says it all. That’s right, coming to a reality TV screen near you (or phone or tablet or however you watch your favorite shows these days) is former All-American defensive star Colton Underwood. Illinois State fans remember Underwood fondly as the 6-foot-4, 255-pound dynamo who is one of three Redbird players in program history... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Harris, Acklin performances impress pro scouts
A pair of former Illinois FCS players recently impressed NFL personnel with strong showings as the April draft approaches. Ex-Illinois State defensive Davontae Harris shined at the NFL Combine, held in Indianapolis in late February through early March. Harris’s “22 reps on the bench press were the best among all cornerbacks and his 4.43 40-yard... Read more »

Fall Flashback: WIU throttles FBS member Coastal Carolina

(photo courtesy of GoLeathernecks.com)
This week’s fall flashback is Western Illinois’ dismantling of FBS member Coastal Carolina. The Leathernecks traveled to Conway, South Carolina and manhandled the Chanticleers 52-10. WIU scored 45 unanswered points in the victory on Sept. 23. 
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NCAA considers changing kickoff rules

NCAA considers changing kickoff rules
In an attempt to address what is viewed as the game’s most dangerous play, the NCAA football rules committee has issued its proposal for kickoffs. According to Nicole Auerbach’s story in The Athletic last week: “Among the proposals put forth Friday by the NCAA football rules committee is one that would change the game’s kickoff rules to... Read more »

Fall Flashback: SIU stuns ISU in Homecoming romp

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This week’s fall flashback is Southern Illinois’ stunning 42-7 romp over rival Illinois State in mid-October. The Salukis celebrated Homecoming by dominating the Redbirds in front of 8,121 fans. ISU entered the game as the nation’s 15th-ranked team, but Southern forced five turnovers en route to the victory.

Fall Flashback: EIU's improbable rally win post a double OT victory in Nashville

Fall Flashback: EIU's improbable rally win post a double OT victory in Nashville
This week’s fall flashback is Eastern Illinois’ improbable rally and subsequent 19-16 double overtime victory at Tennessee State. It marked the third straight year the EIU and TSU game came down to the final play.  For the third straight year the Panthers came away with the victory. In the end it was a Scotty Gilkey, Jr. 1-yard... Read more »
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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.