Tag: Missouri Valley Football Conference

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 »

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 »

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune

ISU's Megginson playing a happier, healthier tune
While playing in only two games last season because of a back injury, Illinois State offensive lineman Gabe Megginson had plenty of newfound free time. On gamedays, he often sensed he was out of place on the sidelines. “I felt so lazy,” he joked. “I’m just sitting there watching everybody, in sweats, drinking coffee.” Away... Read more »
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Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young

Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young
Southern Illinois senior linebacker Cody Crider has done the math. Three surgeries for a torn ACL. Times six months of rehab for each injury. That equals 18 months of his football career in which his main job was coming back from an injury. “That’s a year-and-a-half doing nothing but rehab,” he said. “Having the passion... Read more »

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting

As spring (football) arrives, Southern Illinois looks to soothe playoff sting
The Southern Illinois football team has forgotten about being left out of last season’s FCS playoff field. Or, has it? Before spring practice opened Wednesday in Carbondale, SIU head coach Nick Hill addressed how the team is approaching 2020 after its best overall (7-5) and Missouri Valley Football Conference (5-3) records since 2013. The season... Read more »

National Signing Day II: WIU retools with 23 signees

National Signing Day II: WIU retools with 23 signees
Coming off an injury-riddled disappointing season that produced just one victory, Western Illinois announced 23 additional players on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. “The majority of this class is done, 25 players, 12 guys on offense, 13 on defense. It’s pretty balanced,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott said on goleathernecks.com “We met a lot of really... Read more »
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National Signing Day II: SIU Salukis

National Signing Day II:  SIU Salukis
Building off its 18 commitments from December, Southern Illinois football’s recruiting class has grown to 23. SIU announced the additions of running back Robert Jones III and wide receiver Cade Carter during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The Salukis also added three transfers — senior defensive tackle Jajuan Blackenship (Tulsa), senior cornerback Roderick Campbell (Northwestern) and sophomore defensive tackle Devin Love (Monroe... Read more »

National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds

National Signing Day II: Illinois State Redbirds
Illinois State made plenty of noise in the FCS playoffs in December, then added 12 high school players and an FBS transfer that same month on national signing day. The Redbirds closed its signing class Feb. 5 by signing three more prep players, including two offensive linemen totaling 575 pounds. Here’s a collection of news,... Read more »

SIU's Chinn ready to soak in Senior Bowl experience

SIU's Chinn ready to soak in Senior Bowl experience
Southern Illinois senior Jeremy Chinn grew up outside Indianapolis at a great time to be a Colts fan. Before becoming one of the top college safeties in the country, Chinn cheered on legendary Colts such as Bob Sanders, a smart, hard-hitting safety from the University of Iowa. Chinn never focused on one position as a... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2020

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2020
On a Thursday night in August in Alabama, the Western Illinois football stumbled to ta 26-17 loss against North Alabama. For the Leathernecks, who beat two ranked teams in 2018, the losses in 2019 just kept coming. During a 1-11 season, WIU endured injuries, defensive lapses, offensive struggles and an 0-8 start. Turning the calendar... Read more »