Tag: Western Illinois University

Shifting dynamics lead to more player power & voice in college football

Shifting dynamics lead to more player power & voice in college football
“Protest in college football is nearly as old as the sport itself, but change has come slowly. Are the power dynamics finally shifting?” –Alex Kirshner of TheRinger.com The quote above served as the headnote in a piece this summer titled “The Impact and Evolution of College Football Player Protest”. The story outlined the experiences of groups like the... Read more »

Social justice movements, state college football programs strike to find a balance

Social justice movements, state college football programs strike to find a balance
The country is certainly divided in any number of ways. One only has to glance at the headlines, click on TV news or scroll through social media to see it. College football programs are no different. Players may hang out away from the field — including within the locker room — in different groups. One... Read more »

Mentor Moments: WIU's Elliott shares his greatest influences

Mentor Moments: WIU's Elliott shares his greatest influences
The following is the third in a series that highlights each of the four Illinois FCS head coaches as they share thoughts and memories about their mentors. Today’s featured coach is Jared Elliott of Western Illinois. The men Jared Elliott considers his mentors encompass his years as a player and a young coach. Moreover, they... Read more »
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Extended offseason provides added development time for WIU football

Extended offseason provides added development time for WIU football
In a time of uncertain planning, Western Illinois is scheduled to begin its fall football camp next week. “We’re trying to use the fall the best way that we can,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott told Prairie State Pigskin. “What I mean by that is we’re trying to do everything that we can in terms... Read more »

Despite so many unknowns, WIU's Ratkovich prepares for final season

Despite so many unknowns, WIU's Ratkovich prepares for final season
Clint Ratkovich saw firsthand how fragile football can be last season as virtually all his running back teammates were felled by injuries and mishaps at one point or another. “It’s football, it’s part of the game,” Ratkovich told Prairie State Pigskin in February. “It’s terrible that it happened to some of the guys, that they had to... Read more »

Unique XFL rules resonate with former WIU standouts

Unique XFL rules resonate with former WIU standouts
The second edition of the XFL began its season this past weekend. The eight-team league offers some unique rule changes designed to “deliver what football fans have told us they want — a faster pace of play and more action,” according to the league website. The changes are divided into three areas:  gameplay, timing and “common... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  1-11 Conference Record:  1-7 Biggest Win:  Trailing at one time by 13 points, Western rallied to pull out a 38-34 thriller over South Dakota as Clint Ratkovich broke loose for a nine-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left to delight the home crowd at Hanson Field. Most Frustrating... Read more »
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National Signing Day: Western Illinois Leathernecks

National Signing Day: Western Illinois Leathernecks
During a 1-11 season, injuries ran rampant through the Western Illinois University football roster. Nowhere was that more evident than at running back. As part of its December early signing period class, the Leathernecks added reinforcements in Clayton Scott, a New Jersey native who played last season at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Scott... Read more »