5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Eastern Illinois in 2019
During the search for Eastern Illinois’ new head football coach, athletic director Tom Michael sought the advice of four of the most prominent figures in EIU gridiron history. “If there is such a thing as an ace up our sleeve, I had four of them in EIU football alumni Mike Shanahan, Sean Payton, Ryan Pace... Read more »

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule

Eastern Illinois Panthers Postseason Capsule
Eastern Illinois Panthers Ohio Valley Conference Head Coach:  Adam Cushing who replaces Kim Dameron (contract not renewed for 2019) Overall Record:  3-8 Conference Record:  3-5 Biggest Win:  The Panthers put all phases of the game together Nov. 10 in a 52-21 romp over Austin Peay on Senior Day at O’Brien Field. EIU finished the day with 216 yards rushing and... Read more »

5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Southern Illinois in 2019
One of the first jobs that Southern Illinois head football coach Nick Hill took on this offseason was finding new offensive and defensive coordinators. Now that he has Blake Rolan in place on offense, this spring’s priority is to find a quarterback to run Rolan’s wide-open attack. With Jason Petrino running the defense, the Salukis... Read more »
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National Signing Day breakdown of state FCS programs

National Signing Day breakdown of state FCS programs
Illinois State announced the largest early signing day class among the state’s FCS programs on Wednesday, landing 11 high school players and three mid-year transfers. Redbird head coach Brock Spack and his staff feel as thought they addressed team needs by adding defensive back Trey Creamer and linebacker Aaron Mends (Iowa transfers) and linebacker Blake... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »