Tag: Southern Illinois Salukis

Longtime CFL star & former ISU Redbird Glenn announces retirement

Longtime CFL star & former ISU Redbird Glenn announces retirement
While one longtime Canadian Football League star is retiring, six other former Illinois FCS standouts are on CFL rosters as the 2019 season begins play tonight. Kevin Glenn, who played at Illinois State from 1997 to 2000, announced his retirement Wednesday on his 40th birthday. Glenn was well known as the first player in CFL history to... Read more »

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut

Former Illinois collegiate players set for Alliance of American Football debut
Six former Illinois FCS players will continue their football career as newly formed The Alliance of American Football prepares for its February kickoff. Offensive linemen Jacob Judd (Western Illinois) and Cameron Lee (Illinois State) will play for the Arizona Hotshots. Running back Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) will report to the Birmingham Iron. Former Eastern Illinois... Read more »

Western rallies past Southern to keep playoff hopes alive

Western rallies past Southern to keep playoff hopes alive
Western Illinois entered the fourth quarter trailing rival Southern Illinois by 17 points with its postseason hopes fading in the late afternoon light. Showing the resiliency that often marks playoff teams, the Leathernecks rallied for a 34-31 win over the Salukis in Missouri Valley Football Conference action at Saluki Stadium. “We just fought,” WIU quarterback... Read more »
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Leathernecks, Salukis renew rivalry Saturday in Carbondale

Leathernecks, Salukis renew rivalry Saturday in Carbondale
Two years ago, Southern Illinois rallied from a 17-point deficit to knock off No. 24 Western Illinois 44-34 in Carbondale. That result most likely kept WIU out of the FCS playoffs. Last fall, the Leathernecks toppled in Salukis 28-14 in Macomb en route to the postseason. So, what will Saturday’s Missouri Valley Football Conference encounter... Read more »

Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache

Illinois State wins rivalry game, Spack loses 'stache
NORMAL–Brock Spack’s new look was the opposite of the game’s result–a close shave. The 10-year Illinois State head coach made a deal with his team that if the Redbirds could beat rival Southern Illinois by at least 35 points–the margin of last year’s 42-7 loss in Carbondale–then Spack would shave his famous mustache after the... Read more »

Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois in Homecoming clash

Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois in Homecoming clash
A year ago Southern Illinois hosted Illinois State for its Homecoming game. This year, the roles are reversed. “I can’t wait for it. When they played Ole Miss, they hung in for three quarters. They’re a solid team,” ISU senior offensive lineman Donivan O’Day said. “We have to be focused and ready to play. We... Read more »
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Summer Daze: Former Illinois players share their worst jobs

Summer Daze:  Former Illinois players share their worst jobs
Nearly everyone has worked those summer jobs that helped earn a little spending money, filled idle hours, kept parents at bay and taught valuable life lessons. The following is a collection of responses I got to the question, “What was your worst summer job” when I wrote my books on college football in Illinois. This... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  ISU dismisses leading tackler, Hall of Fame names & the return of a Panther great
Illinois State has dismissed its leading tackler from the team, according to a recent story by beat writer Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph. ISU head coach Brock Spack confirmed that senior linebacker Tyree Horton was removed from the team “by an accumulation of events and not one major transgression,” according to Reinhardt’s story. “I gave him... Read more »

A pair of Redbirds & a Saluki among those opening Canadian football season

Two former Illinois State quarterbacks and a Southern Illinois defensive back are among those on Canadian Football League rosters as the game north of the border opened its preseason schedule this past weekend. Quarterback Kevin Glenn is set to begin his 18th season when the CFL regular season opens June 14. He signed as a... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Spring games, spring sports, spring league and ISU rug redo
For all intents, this past Saturday closed spring camp for the Southern Illinois football. The Salukis concluded their spring practices with their annual spring game in Carbondale and a Monday walk-through. Meanwhile, the three other FCS programs in Illinois have a week and a half  of workouts left on their schedules. “Any time you can... Read more »