Tag: Brock Spack

ISU's Spack grew up loving racing, boxing & of course, football

ISU's Spack grew up loving racing, boxing & of course, football
Editor’s note:  This is the first in a four-part series featuring each of the Illinois FCS head coaches. This series, which will run every other Wednesday, focuses on each coach’s favorite teams and athletes as he grew up. Growing up in Rockford, Brock Spack followed sports almost from the time he could walk or pick... Read more »

Trophy Life: Illinois State, Eastern renew tussle for Mid-America Classic hardware

Trophy Life:  Illinois State, Eastern renew tussle for Mid-America Classic hardware
Eastern Illinois (1-1) hosts Illinois State (1-0) Saturday in the oldest FCS rivalry in the state. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at O’Brien Field in Charleston. Here’s what you need to know. The Series This will be the 106th playing of the Mid-America Classic with Illinois State holding a 54-42-9 all-time series lead.  Each school has... Read more »

A look at the 2017 ISU Redbirds football schedule

A look at the 2017 ISU Redbirds football schedule
Head coach Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds are bidding to return to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs for the fourth straight year. Yet, the ninth-year ISU coach knows each year’s schedule brings on new challenges. “You can’t sleep on anybody,” Spack said ISU’s recent media day. “Butler, I know every well from being in... Read more »
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Mild weather, lack of two-a-days making life easier for state FCS camps

Mild weather, lack of two-a-days making life easier for state FCS camps
With training camps more than halfway completed for most of the state’s Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools, coaches and players are raving about the mild weather as they prepare for their season opening games. “This has been the coolest August since I’ve been here,” third-year Eastern Illinois head coach Kim Dameron said. “That’s a good... Read more »

'This is Jake's team now' Redbirds' Spack says of Naperville Central's Kolbe

'This is Jake's team now' Redbirds' Spack says of Naperville Central's Kolbe
Two years ago in preseason camp, Jake Kolbe was asked if Illinois State head coach Brock Spack had officially named named him Tre Roberson’s backup at quarterback. “Coach likes to keep us on our toes, so no, nothing official,” Kolbe said at the time. Last week’s ISU media day at Hancock Stadium brought different answers. “This... Read more »

Get to know your Illinois FCS head coaches

We see them each fall roaming the sidelines, talking at their press conferences and directing their players, but what do we really know about our state FCS head coaches? Today’s post profiles each one and shares a few “fun facts”. Kim Dameron, Eastern Illinois born Nov. 7, 1960 four-year player for the Arkansas Razorbacks from... Read more »
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ISU Notebook: With spring practice over, Redbirds bent on fourth straight playoff appearance

ISU Notebook:  With spring practice over, Redbirds bent on fourth straight playoff appearance
With spring practice behind them, Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds head into finals and summer set on returning to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for a fourth straight year. Next season will mark the ninth at ISU for Spack, a Rockford native who played and coached at Purdue. Illinois State has qualified for the FCS... Read more »

Spring Promise Continues in Successful Spack Era

Spring Promise Continues in Successful Spack Era
The Brock Spack Era has been the most successful in Illinois State football history, something Redbird fans want to see continue. Spack’s ISU teams have participated in the FCS playoffs four of the past five seasons, including a school-record three straight appearances. Each successful year seems to bring more rumors of Spack’s departure to an... Read more »

Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors

Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors
Illinois State head coach Brock Spack addressed a recent report that he had interviewed at Purdue University, his alma mater. “I have said all I’m going to say about that place. I am focused on the Redbirds and the playoffs,” Spack told Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph, the Bloomington-Normal based newspaper that covers ISU athletics. Earlier this... Read more »
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ISU Closes Its Circle as Conference Opener Looms

ISU Closes Its Circle as Conference Opener Looms
How big is Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference opener on the Illinois State Redbirds’ schedule? So big that head coach Brock Spack closed practice to outsiders during this week’s preparation. “There are some things we’re going to work on, some things we’re going to be practicing that I don’t want out there,” Spack told The Pantagraph earlier... Read more »