Archive for July 2016

NIU Huskies Predicted Third in MAC West

NIU Huskies Predicted Third in MAC West
After winning the Mid-American Conference West in 2015, head coach Rod Carey’s Northern Illinois University Huskies are predicted to finish third this season. This marks the second-straight year that a third-place finish has been forecast for NIU. This year’s poll was released Thursday during the 2016 MAC Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit. The... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: The 1983 National Champion Southern Illinois Salukis

Throwback Thursday:  The 1983 National Champion Southern Illinois Salukis
The following is the last in a series of three posts to commemorate the national championships won by Prairie State Pigskin schools. 1983 Southern Illinois Salukis NCAA I-AA National Champions  Head Coach:  Rey Dempsey Overall Record:  13-1 Road to the Championship:  Following a one-loss regular season, SIU defeated Indiana State (23-7) and Nevada-Reno (23-7) to... Read more »

When football ended in the fall, these athletes were just warming up

When football ended in the fall, these athletes were just warming up
As the Summer Olympic Games fast approach, speculation over the world’s greatest athletes reaches fever pitch. In this day in age when athletes are specializing in one sport earlier than ever, it may seem hard to believe that things weren’t always this way. In fact, more than once upon a time, collegiate football players found... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: The 1978 National Champion Eastern Illinois Panthers

Throwback Thursday:  The 1978 National Champion Eastern Illinois Panthers
The following is the second in a series of three posts to commemorate the national championships won by Prairie State Pigskin schools. The posts run on successive Thursdays. 1978 Eastern Illinois Panthers NCAA College Division II National Champions  Head Coach:  Darrell Mudra Overall Record:  12-2 Road to the Championship:  Following a 9-2 regular season, EIU... Read more »

Former NIU Defensive Back Enjoying Lead Role on This Hamilton Stage

Former NIU Defensive Back Enjoying Lead Role on This Hamilton Stage
Growing up and playing football in Brampton, Ontario, Courtney Stephen dreamed of playing in the biggest games. “Everybody wants to play pro ball, that’s not even a question,” Stephen said Tuesday following his Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice. “I really, really wanted to play Division I football. We see all of the Big Ten games up here (in... Read more »

NFL quarterbacks top Eastern's Top 20 athletes of OVC era

NFL quarterbacks top Eastern's Top 20 athletes of OVC era
This summer  marked the 20th anniversary of Eastern Illinois joining the Ohio Valley Conference. Not surprisingly, two NFL quarterbacks led the list of the top 20 athletes in the school’s OVC era in a recent fan vote. Tony Romo, whose pro career advanced from undrafted free agent to the Pro Bowl for the Dallas Cowboys,... Read more »
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Three EIU Panthers Named to Preseason All-OVC Team

Three EIU Panthers Named to Preseason All-OVC Team
Three Eastern Illinois Panthers were named to the 2016 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. Running back Devin Church, safety Bradley Dewberry and linebacker Seth McDonald all earned the OVC recognition at the conference’s annual media day activities held in Nashville. Church was a second team All-OVC selection and All-OVC Newcomer selection last season.  The senior... Read more »

Eastern Illinois Picked Third in OVC Football Race by Media

Eastern Illinois Picked Third in OVC Football Race by Media
For the third straight year, Eastern Illinois has been picked to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference by the media covering the league. The OVC released the poll Friday as part of its annual Media Day in Nashville. EIU was 7-5 last season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. Head coach Kim Dameron begins... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: The 1963 National Championship Northern Illinois Huskies

Throwback Thursday:  The 1963 National Championship Northern Illinois Huskies
The following is the first in a series of three posts to commemorate the national championships won by Prairie State Pigskin schools. The post will run on successive Thursdays. 1963 Northern Illinois Huskies NCAA College Division National Champions (Associated Press & NAIA polls) Head Coach:  Howard Fletcher Overall Record:  10-0-0 Road to the Championship:  Following a... Read more »
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Big Ten scheduling agreement stings state's FCS football teams

Big Ten scheduling agreement stings state's FCS football teams
Last year Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delaney announced what he termed an “athletic directors agreement” among member institutions to no longer schedule games with Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams. The ripple effects of that decision have directly washed over the football programs at Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. “Those games are... Read more »