Tag: EIU Panthers

COVID-19 conditions, IHSA decision force changes for state recruiting

COVID-19 conditions, IHSA decision force changes for state recruiting
As decisions continue to be made and delayed for a possible fall college football season, recruiting is also heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s a huge impact,” Rivals recruiting analyst “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran told Prairie State Pigskin last week. “Just the seniors alone, it’s really hard to swallow. You’re competing against all these kids from... Read more »

Up for your consideration: A regionally based FCS 'league' featuring Illinois teams

Up for your consideration: A regionally based FCS 'league' featuring Illinois teams
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it. The world of intercollegiate sports has been thrown upside down with last spring’s activities being cancelled and the uncertainty of this fall looming. At last check, seven of the 13 FCS conferences are still trying to have a fall season. Two of those seven are the... Read more »

No definitive answers as Illinois FCS programs begin fall camps

No definitive answers as Illinois FCS programs begin fall camps
As the calendar flips from July to August and teams open camps, in many ways Illinois’ four FCS programs are no closer to answers than when spring arrived and then turned into summer. The two biggest questions remain: Will there be a season? If so, what does that season look like? As of now, seven of... Read more »
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To play or not to play? A decision could be coming for Ohio Valley Conference, EIU next week

To play or not to play? A decision could be coming for Ohio Valley Conference, EIU next week
On a day when Eastern Illinois had two players honored by the Ohio Valley Conference, the league’s commissioner addressed growing concerns that the fall season may be altered or even outright cancelled. EIU redshirt junior wide receiver Isaiah Hill and senior linebacker Dytarious Johnson were named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason team. As of now,... Read more »

Questions still abound for college football's fall

Questions still abound for college football's fall
Even with Illinois in Phase 4 of its COVID-19 plan, college football in the state remains as much up in the air as a well-struck punt into swirling winds. So much is still unknown. As July approaches, Division I athletes have been allowed to participate in voluntary activities for roughly a month. According to the... Read more »

Undrafted by the NFL, these free agents tasted plenty of pro success

Undrafted by the NFL, these free agents tasted plenty of pro success
Seven rounds of this year’s NFL Draft passed without James Robinson hearing his name called. Thus, the star Illinois State running back signed as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville. Teammate Luther Kirk and Western Illinois’ LaCale London also went the free agent route. While the trio and FCS fans may have been disappointed, they... Read more »
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The XFL is gone, but could its kickoff live on?

The XFL is gone, but could its kickoff live on?
The XFL didn’t make it through its reboot season, but could its legacy live on in college football? The league officially ceased operations April 10; some would say by falling TV ratings while others would argue it was a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. No matter the reason, the XFL may have provided the NCAA with... Read more »

State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can

State FCS coaches set sights on summer, beyond as best they can
Recent months have produced snow on Halloween, temperatures in the 60s on Christmas Day and more snow the week following Easter. Weather is just one aspect of college football that coaches can’t control. Injuries and the often unpredictable bounce of an oblong football are others. Yet, nothing comes remotely close to the unprecedented uncertainty of... Read more »

EIU video conferences a virtual who's who of football greatness

EIU video conferences a virtual who's who of football greatness
Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing talks time and again about turning negatives into positives and adversity into opportunity. With an empty campus and spring practice wiped out by the shelter in place order as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the second-year Panther leader has found a way to practice what he preaches. “As... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with . . . Omar Akil Solomon, EIU Admissions

Moving the Chains with . . . Omar Akil Solomon, EIU Admissions
Prairie State Pigskin began its Moving the Chains Q&A feature in Sept. 2016 with Illinois State and future Chicago Bears offensive lineman Cameron Lee. Since that time we have profiled 48 players and one coach across all four Illinois FCS schools during the football season. So, for our milestone 50th Moving the Chains, we have a... Read more »