Tag: MVFC

Moving the Chains with . . . Craig James, SIU cornerback

Moving the Chains with . . . Craig James, SIU cornerback
Craig James enters his senior season at Southern Illinois as one of the team leaders. The cornerback was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team last season after transferring from the University of Minnesota. James ranked second in the MVFC in passes defended per game and led the Salukis with three interceptions. In... Read more »

WIU Leathernecks looking to make things hairy again for Northern Arizona

WIU Leathernecks looking to make things hairy again for Northern Arizona
Their Leathernecks may be hard to see with all that hair. But, they’re also long on experience and one of the keys to Western Illinois’ success and strength. “I love our offensive line, we’ve got four seniors there–a bunch of experience, a bunch of starts. We ought to be able to run the football, that’s... Read more »

Illinois State opens season with dominating shutout

Illinois State opens season with dominating shutout
Illinois State and Butler football are separated by 171 miles and until this weekend hadn’t played each other since Harry Truman was president. In Saturday night’s season opener at Hancock Stadium in Normal, the Redbirds and Bulldogs were separated by 45 points as ISU trumped its way to a shutout win. Like its game broadcast... Read more »
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A look at the 2017 WIU Leathernecks schedule

A look at the 2017 WIU Leathernecks schedule
Some key events from the first three weeks of September 1935 a hurricane slams the Florida Keys, killing 423 Louisiana Senator Huey Long is assassinated Howard Hughes sets an airspeed record of 352.39 miles per hour A pastoral letter was read in every Catholic church in Germany defying the Nazi regime That’s also the last... Read more »

A look at the 2017 SIU Salukis football schedule

A look at the 2017 SIU Salukis football schedule
Though they don’t kick off the 2017 football season until well after most others have a game under their belts, the Southern Illinois Salukis are still more than ready to begin Nick Hill’s second season as head coach. “The first year we did a great job of implementing the culture that we wanted,” Hill said.... 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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Illinois State, Western land in middle of Missouri Valley preseason poll; Southern predicted 8th

Illinois State, Western land in middle of Missouri Valley preseason poll; Southern predicted 8th
This year’s Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll has Illinois State and Western Illinois in the middle of the pack while Southern Illinois checks in eighth in the 10-team league. Illinois State was one of the four playoff teams from the MVFC last year, and head coach Brock Spack’s Redbirds are tabbed fifth in this year’s... Read more »

Lincoln Way North product lands on Preseason All-Missouri Valley Team

Lincoln Way North product lands on Preseason All-Missouri Valley Team
Senior offensive lineman Austin Olsen was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason all-league unit Monday morning. The former Lincoln Way North High School star anchors the line for Nick Hill’s Southern Illinois Salukis. Olsen was among the first team selections. Sixteen total players from Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois were named when... Read more »

Former Redbird hoping spring league leads to NFL tryout

Former Redbird hoping spring league leads to NFL tryout
If spring truly is eternal, then former Illinois State Redbird defensive back Josh Burch has renewed hope of keeping his professional football dreams alive. Burch, who played for ISU from 2012-15, recently participated in The Spring League, which according to its website “was created in early 2016 to serve as an instructional league and developmental platform... Read more »
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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 »