Archive for August 2016

Break could be ahead for Eastern-Western rivalry after opener

Break could be ahead for Eastern-Western rivalry after opener
When Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois meet on the football field Thursday in Charleston, it could be the last time in the foreseeable future. The two schools, who formerly were members of the Gateway Conference (which become the Missouri Valley Football Conference), have met 67 times since 1930, which is the second most-played rivalry in... Read more »

Stadium Series: O'Brien Field (EIU) Charleston

Stadium Series:  O'Brien Field (EIU) Charleston
Today’s post is the fourth in a four-part series examining the stadiums of the Prairie State Pigskin programs. These posts will run on consecutive Tuesdays. O’Brien Field Eastern Illinois University Grant Avenue & 4th Street, Charleston, IL 61920 Year opened:  1970 Capacity:  10,000 Turf type:  ProGrass Field Turf Ticket prices:  $20 for single games; season... Read more »

Voices of the Game: Mike Bradd (EIU)

Voices of the Game:    Mike Bradd (EIU)
Mike Bradd calls Jimmy Garoppolo highlights from Boston Globe video Today is the second in a series of Q&A features on the men behind the microphones of the Prairie State Pigskin schools. Today’s featured radio voice is Mike Bradd, “The Voice” of Eastern Illinois Panthers football and basketball. How long have you been in the booth?... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Voices of the Game: Scott Kornberg (WIU)

Prairie State Pigskin Voices of the Game:  Scott Kornberg (WIU)
Today is the first in a series of Q&A features on the men behind the microphones of the Prairie State Pigskin schools. Today’s featured radio voice is Scott Kornberg, “The Voice” of Western Illinois Leathernecks football and basketball. How long have you been in the booth? “This upcoming year will be my third year as... Read more »

Fresh Faces: SIU's Neal puts new tools to work at safety

Fresh Faces: SIU's Neal puts new tools to work at safety
Editor’s note: Leading up to the season, Prairie State Pigskin will introduce readers to Fresh Faces for all four teams. Two players on offense and two on defense who will be taking on bigger or new roles will be profiled. Today, Southern Illinois is the focus, with a confident defensive back, a high-energy linebacker, a... Read more »

No Matter How They are Viewed, These Players are Alive and Kicking

No Matter How They are Viewed, These Players are Alive and Kicking
“It’s a lonely life being a kicker. Basically, you do not exist. That is, until the waning seconds of a game that’s on the line and your kick is for all the marbles. That’s when a kicker emerges from under his rock of anonymity. Whether he likes it or not.” —Orlando Sentinel   Kickers are... Read more »
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SIU Names Starting QB for Season Opener

SIU Names Starting QB for Season Opener
Southern Illinois announced Wednesday afternoon that transfer Josh Straughan will be the starting quarterback when the Salukis open their season next weekend. Straughan transferred to SIU after playing at Division II Stillman College. Straughan, a senior, played in 24 games over the past three years, completing 468 passes for 5,470 yards and 53 touchdowns The 6-foot-3, 203-pound... Read more »

PSP Notebook: Road Wins Often Lead to Major Success

PSP Notebook:  Road Wins Often Lead to Major Success
“We consciously tried to work on the players to reverse what in football are usually crippling disadvantages. One was playing on the road. In football, the home-field advantage is often decisive. But we were able to bond together, play in enemy territory, and feed on the emotions of the situation, without being intimidated by the... Read more »

Stadium Series: Hancock Stadium (ISU) Bloomington-Normal

Stadium Series:  Hancock Stadium (ISU) Bloomington-Normal
Today’s post is the third in a four-part series examining the stadiums of the Prairie State Pigskin programs. Hancock Stadium Illinois State University Located at the northwest corner of College Avenue & Main Stree, Normal, IL 61761 Year opened:  1963 Capacity:  13,391 Turf type:  Field Turf Ticket prices:  Ranging from $15-$40 for single games; season ticket... Read more »
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Western Illinois boasts 'targets everywhere' for sophomore QB

Western  Illinois boasts 'targets everywhere' for sophomore QB
Sean McGuire has only four starts under his belt as a college quarterback. The receivers around him, however, have experience galore to offer McGuire, a sophomore who won the starting job in spring practice. “We have targets everywhere,” said Adam Conrady, a developing sophomore tight end. “All the starting receivers are seniors, and they’re all... Read more »