Archive for March 2017

Throwback Thursday: Mike Wagner, WIU Defensive Back

Throwback Thursday:  Mike Wagner, WIU Defensive Back
It may seem hard to believe, but Pittsburgh Steeler great Mike Wagner had to pressure Western Illinois head coach Darrell Mudra into giving him a scholarship. “I was not recruited by WIU,” said Wagner in an e-mail response. In fact, the Mundelein Carmel High School graduate had no football scholarship offers at all. After spending... Read more »

Fisher's Giant Baseball Heart is in San Francisco

Fisher's Giant Baseball Heart is in San Francisco
The following is the second in a series of stories focusing on the four Illinois FCS football coaches and their interests outside of their sport. Today’s installment of “For the Love Beyond the Game” is Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher and his passion for baseball. Even with spring practice in full flight, Western Illinois... Read more »

Spring Promise Continues in Successful Spack Era

Spring Promise Continues in Successful Spack Era
The Brock Spack Era has been the most successful in Illinois State football history, something Redbird fans want to see continue. Spack’s ISU teams have participated in the FCS playoffs four of the past five seasons, including a school-record three straight appearances. Each successful year seems to bring more rumors of Spack’s departure to an... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Lionel Antoine, SIU Lineman

Throwback Thursday:  Lionel Antoine, SIU Lineman
The Chicago Bears face the seemingly daunting question of what to do with the third overall pick in next month’s NFL draft. While that decision certainly looms large for the franchise and its fans, it isn’t life or death. In fact, nothing can match the choices made by the last Chicago player taken at No.... Read more »

Defensive changes, program renovations mark Fisher's second year at WIU helm

Defensive changes, program renovations mark Fisher's second year at WIU helm
Second-year Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher views spring practice as the middle step in the offseason building blocks to winning success in the fall. “Every team takes on a different identity. We have a veteran team. We have guys who have played a lot of football,” Fisher said recently on his Macomb radio show.... Read more »

What's new for EIU? Top rusher, defensive coordinator and Dameron's ride

What's new for EIU? Top rusher, defensive coordinator and Dameron's ride
Panthers spring into 2017 season this week as practices begin Finding a replacement for do-it-all running back Devin Church and forging continuity with a new defensive coordinator are tops on the spring to-do list for Eastern Illinois football coach Kim Dameron. But when the Panthers open spring practices today leading up to the April 22... Read more »
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Visits to NIU, Arkansas finalize Eastern's 2017, 2018 schedules

Visits to NIU, Arkansas finalize Eastern's 2017, 2018 schedules
Road dates against FBS schools from the Mid-American Conference and Southeastern Conference have completed the Eastern Illinois football schedules for 2017 and 2018, the school announced this month. The Panthers have finalized visits to Northern Illinois in 2017 and Arkansas in 2018. Visits by FCS schools like Eastern often mean nice paydays from schools in... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Joe Spivak, ISU offensive lineman

Present day football fans know his son, but more than three decades ago Joe Spivak blazed the trail by making a name for himself. While his namesake Joe, Jr. starred at Montini High School the past four years and will be a preferred walk-on at Northwestern come fall, Joe Spivak, Sr. arrived at Illinois State... Read more »

Former Basketball Standout Hill Hoopin' to Please at SIU

Former Basketball Standout Hill Hoopin' to Please at SIU
The following is the first in a series of stories focusing on the four Illinois FCS football coaches and their interests outside of their sport. Today’s installment of “For the Love Beyond the Game” is Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill and his passion for basketball. Nick Hill grew up in a football town, but... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Jeff Christensen, EIU Quarterback

Throwback Thursday:  Jeff Christensen, EIU Quarterback
Before Sean Payton, Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo there was Jeff Christensen. Yet, when the subject of great quarterbacks in Eastern Illinois history comes up, Christensen’s name is often omitted. “There’s no question Jeff doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” former EIU All-American defensive back Robert Williams said in EIU Panthers Football. “I went against... Read more »