Tag: Missouri Valley Football Conference

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 »

Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups

Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups
When starting quarterback Sam Straub went down with a season-ending injury in late October, the Southern Illinois offense took a major hit. Without the pilot of the Salukis leading the way, the team finished the season 0-4 down the stretch as two different QBs combined to complete 43 percent of their passes with only five... Read more »

Illinois FCS Notebook: Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs
Two weeks ago, American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry said that a proposal is in the works that would allow a player to be granted a redshirt so long as he’s played in four games or less in a season. The major change in the rule would mean that those four games could come at anytime... Read more »
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A closer look at Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott

A closer look at Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott
Back in 1926, Western Illinois legend Ray “Rock” Hanson began coaching in Macomb at age 31. Ironically, recently named Leatherneck head coach Jared Elliott is 31. “I didn’t know that,” Elliott said. “That’s pretty interesting.” Elliott took over as WIU head coach Jan. 4 following the departure of Charlie Fisher, who took a position on Herman... Read more »

Fisher leaves Western for Arizona State; Leathernecks promote Elliott to head coach

Fisher leaves Western for Arizona State; Leathernecks promote Elliott to head coach
Western Illinois University introduced Jared Elliott as its head football coach Thursday morning to coincide with the departure of Charlie Fisher. Elliott takes over a Leatherneck program that is coming off an 8-4 season in which WIU qualified for the FCS playoffs. Meanwhile, Fisher has accepted a position as wide receivers coach under Herman Edwards... Read more »

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2018

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2018
The sting of missing the playoffs in 2016 – thanks to an 0-3 finish to the regular season — was a driving force for the Western Illinois football team this season. So the Leathernecks simply took care of business in 2017, making sure the FCS selection committee had a no-brainer decision. The Leathernecks used an... Read more »
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Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs

Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs
The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs are down to four teams. And players and personnel from the Illinois programs are more than just interested in the outcome. For the record, the FCS semifinals feature two teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the same league in which Illinois State, Southern and Western are members. North... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Charlie Fisher Overall Record:  8-4 Conference Record:  5-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks enjoyed a number of big wins, but perhaps the most thrilling came when quarterback Sean McGuire found receiver Jaelon Acklin for a 20-yard touchdown with six seconds left to lift WIU over Northern Iowa in... Read more »

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2018

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2018
For the first time since 2013, Illinois State’s football team missed the FCS playoffs this season. What has happened since the end of the Redbirds’ 6-5 season could be considered a reboot. Four offensive coaches are no longer with the program and a blast from the past, Kurt Beathard, is back on the staff as offensive... Read more »
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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:  4-4 Biggest Win:  Illinois State’s rushing attack racked up 331 yards against fourth-ranked South Dakota and big pass plays lifted the No. 24 ranked Redbirds to a 37-21 victory over the Coyotes on Homecoming in front of 12,113 fans... Read more »