Archive for December 2017

Ex-FCS players show little interest in XFL reboot

Ex-FCS players show little interest in XFL reboot
While the rumor mill has promoter Vince McMahon possibly bringing back his XFL, interest among former Illinois FCS players has been lukewarm at best. “I’m still playing and (it’s) only (the) NFL for me when I step back on the field,” former Southern Illinois linebacker Jayson DiManche said. DiManche, who played 29 games in the NFL... Read more »

Close friends, admirers react to Kill's retirement

Close friends, admirers react to Kill's retirement
Two years ago former Southern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill bid an emotional farewell as he stepped down from the same position at the University of Minnesota. On Tuesday, Kill left as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers with little fanfare. “I want to thank (coach) Chris Ash and (athletics director) Pat Hobbs for giving me... Read more »

Recruiting expert Edgy Tim weighs in on early college football signing period: 'Everyone waiting at the table'

“The early signing period for college football prospective-student athletes will allow the prospect to sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) during a 72-hour period beginning Dec. 20 and ending Dec. 22. This period also includes the opportunity for junior college prospects to sign. This window to sign will not affect a prospect’s ability to... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2018

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2018
The sting of missing the playoffs in 2016 – thanks to an 0-3 finish to the regular season — was a driving force for the Western Illinois football team this season. So the Leathernecks simply took care of business in 2017, making sure the FCS selection committee had a no-brainer decision. The Leathernecks used an... Read more »

Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs

Illinois programs still focused on FCS playoffs
The Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs are down to four teams. And players and personnel from the Illinois programs are more than just interested in the outcome. For the record, the FCS semifinals feature two teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the same league in which Illinois State, Southern and Western are members. North... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Charlie Fisher Overall Record:  8-4 Conference Record:  5-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks enjoyed a number of big wins, but perhaps the most thrilling came when quarterback Sean McGuire found receiver Jaelon Acklin for a 20-yard touchdown with six seconds left to lift WIU over Northern Iowa in... Read more »
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5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2018

5 burning questions for Illinois State in 2018
For the first time since 2013, Illinois State’s football team missed the FCS playoffs this season. What has happened since the end of the Redbirds’ 6-5 season could be considered a reboot. Four offensive coaches are no longer with the program and a blast from the past, Kurt Beathard, is back on the staff as offensive... Read more »

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule

Illinois State Redbirds Postseason Capsule
Illinois State Redbirds Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  6-5 Conference Record:  4-4 Biggest Win:  Illinois State’s rushing attack racked up 331 yards against fourth-ranked South Dakota and big pass plays lifted the No. 24 ranked Redbirds to a 37-21 victory over the Coyotes on Homecoming in front of 12,113 fans... Read more »

WIU head coach shares thoughts on lack of interest for Leatherneck all-stars

WIU head coach shares thoughts on lack of interest for Leatherneck all-stars
Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher shared his thoughts late Monday afternoon on two of his all-conference players not receiving any postseason all-star game invitations. As of today, neither WIU linebacker Brett Taylor nor receiver Jaelon Acklin has landed on any all-star game rosters. “It’s disappointing because they’re both game-worthy guys,” Fisher said from the... Read more »
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Eastern hires 'student of Air Raid' as offensive coordinator

Eastern Illinois has announced the hiring of Scott Parr as the Panthers’ offensive coordinator. Parr replaces Greg Stevens, whose contract was not renewed following this season. Parr joins the EIU staff after spending the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Tex. Parr tweeted, “Excited to be a part... Read more »