Archive for November 2016

Redbirds Primed and Ready for Playoff Road Challenge

Redbirds Primed and Ready for Playoff Road Challenge
While the FCS calendar says that the first round of the playoffs begins today, it started much earlier for Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds. For ISU, the playoffs started in late October. Following a narrow loss at South Dakota which dropped their record to 3-5, the Redbirds were in must-win mode to even be considered... Read more »

Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors

Spack Pushes Aside Purdue Coaching Rumors
Illinois State head coach Brock Spack addressed a recent report that he had interviewed at Purdue University, his alma mater. “I have said all I’m going to say about that place. I am focused on the Redbirds and the playoffs,” Spack told Randy Reinhardt of The Pantagraph, the Bloomington-Normal based newspaper that covers ISU athletics. Earlier this... Read more »

Get to Know Illinois State's First-Round Playoff Opponent

Get to Know Illinois State's First-Round Playoff Opponent
Illinois State makes its seventh appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday when the Redbirds play at Central Arkansas. Whether ISU fans are making the trip to Conway, Arkansas for the game or just watching it on ESPN3 or listening on the radio, here’s a primer on the Redbirds’ opponent: University of Central... Read more »
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Football makes father-son bond stronger for Eastern Illinois coaches

Football makes father-son bond stronger for Eastern Illinois coaches
‘Football family’ appreciates game that helped them through father’s cancer treatments Greg Stevens has coached college football for 25 seasons. For many of those years, the Eastern Illinois assistant head coach/offensive coordinator has had company. Starting in 1999, when he was coaching at NCAA Division II Arkansas-Monticello, his oldest son Tyler has been a regular... Read more »

16 Things We're Thankful For at Prairie State Pigskin

16 Things We're Thankful For at Prairie State Pigskin
“I like football. I find it’s an exciting strategic game. It’s a great way to avoid conversation with our family at Thanksgiving.” –comedian Craig Ferguson While we at Prairie State Pigskin do enjoy talking to our families on Thanksgiving, we also enjoy talking football on this special day (and year round for that matter). This... Read more »

Breaking Down the FCS Playoff Bracket: Can North Dakota State Be Stopped?

Breaking Down the FCS Playoff Bracket:  Can North Dakota State Be Stopped?
When the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs kick off Saturday, five-time defending national champion North Dakota State remains the lead dog in the FCS title chase. The Bison–which play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference along with Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois–are the No. 1 overall seed yet again. NDSU’s season included five wins... Read more »
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Church, McDonald Cap EIU Careers with All-OVC Honors

Church, McDonald Cap EIU Careers with All-OVC Honors
Two Eastern Illinois players capped their football careers by being named to the first team of the All-Ohio Valley Conference Tuesday. Seniors Devin Church and Seth McDonald both landed on the OVC’s first team, while fellow senior Evan Kanz and junior David Johnson were second team selections. Junior quarterback Mitch Kimble was named to the OVC... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: Redbirds Add to Illinois FCS Playoff History

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook:  Redbirds Add to Illinois FCS Playoff History
When the Football Championship Subdivision playoff pairings were announced Sunday morning, Illinois State’s program made history. By making the 24-team FCS field, head coach Brock Spack’s Redbirds are set for a third consecutive appearance, something that had never been done before by an ISU team. The Redbirds, 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the Missouri Valley... Read more »

EIU Locks Up Colonels, Locks Down Winning Season

EIU Locks Up Colonels, Locks Down Winning Season
Eastern Illinois saved its best defensive effort since 2009 for Saturday’s season finale. The Panthers stifled Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky, 24-0, for their first shutout victory since a 31-0 triumph in September 2009 against Indiana State. In the second half, EIU (6-5 overall, 4-4 OVC) limited the Colonels to 19 yards of offense... Read more »
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Saluki Rally Shocks Leathernecks, Ruins WIU Playoff Plans

Saluki Rally Shocks Leathernecks, Ruins WIU Playoff Plans
Football seasons have often been described as roller coaster rides. In the case of Western Illinois, this fall’s descent from the initial climb never found its expected upswing. In mid-October Western Illinois appeared destined to host a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game. Head coach Charlie Fisher’s Leathernecks raced to 5-1 start and were the... Read more »