Tag: ISU Redbirds

Pandemic claims oldest college football rivalry in Illinois

Pandemic claims oldest college football rivalry in Illinois
The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt Friday afternoon to the oldest college football rivalry in Illinois – the Mid-America Classic between FCS programs Eastern Illinois and Illinois State – when the schools announced via their websites that the game will not be played. The two schools, who have played football since 1901, announced Friday that... Read more »

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 »

No fall Missouri Valley Football Conference games for three Illinois schools

No fall Missouri Valley Football Conference games for three Illinois schools
The Missouri Valley Football Conference, which includes three Illinois FCS programs, announced Friday that it will not hold a fall league schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a vote by its Presidents Council, the conference will play an eight-game, league-only schedule with hopes there will be a Football Championship Subdivision playoff after the season. Illinois State,... Read more »
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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 »

Big Ten decision leaves Illinois FCS programs scrambling

Big Ten decision leaves Illinois FCS programs scrambling
A day after the Big Ten announced it will go to a conference-only season for all fall sports, including football, in the midst of “unprecedented times” during the coronavirus pandemic, FCS conferences are now scrambling to find potential games to fill voids in their own schedules. Thursday’s announcement means that Missouri Valley Football Conference members Illinois... Read more »
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Illinois State not lacking for Robinson replacements

Illinois State not lacking for Robinson replacements
The last time we saw Illinois State on the football field, James Robinson’s immense talent was on full display. The second-leading rusher in ISU history was plowing through defenses on his way to 601 yards in three FCS playoff games. “James is obviously a great player and very tough,” ISU head coach Brock Spack said... 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 »

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 »
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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 »