Archive for May 2018

Throwback Thursday: John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star

Throwback Thursday:  John Jurkovic, EIU defensive star
John Jurkovic can be heard daily on Chicago sports talk radio. Most who knew him back in his days as an All-American defensive lineman at Eastern Illinois aren’t surprised. “(John was a) crafty player (with a) great entertaining personality,” said Randy Melvin who coached Jurkovic in his junior and senior seasons. Jurkovic first caught the... Read more »

A pair of Redbirds & a Saluki among those opening Canadian football season

Two former Illinois State quarterbacks and a Southern Illinois defensive back are among those on Canadian Football League rosters as the game north of the border opened its preseason schedule this past weekend. Quarterback Kevin Glenn is set to begin his 18th season when the CFL regular season opens June 14. He signed as a... Read more »

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after school shooting

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after  school shooting
Former Southern Illinois defensive lineman Jason Seaman has been released from the hospital, according to multiple reports Saturday.  Seaman, who lettered for SIU 2007-2010, suffered three gunshot wounds after confronting an armed student in his class Friday. After undergoing surgery, he has been released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Seaman, who grew... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star

Throwback Thursday:  Mike Prior, Illinois State 2-sport star
For a time Mike Prior wasn’t sure which helmet to wear, that of a baseball or football player. “There weren’t too many people knocking down my door (as college football recruiters),” said the former Illinois State standout in both sports. “My junior year, I didn’t even start,” Prior said of his prep football career at... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach

Throwback Thursday:  Lou Saban, Western Illinois coach
In a profession filled with rolling stones, Lou Saban may have been the most nomadic of them all. “When Lou took a job his next thought was what would be the job after that,” said former Western Illinois assistant and Macomb native Robert “Red” Miller in 2009. To stress his point, Miller told a story... Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history

Throwback Thursday:  Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history
On the surface Houston Antwine appeared bigger than life. At the core, the 6-foot, 270-pound native of Louise, Mississippi was simply the greatest two-way lineman in Saluki history. “In my honest opinion, using every piece of information that I have and trying to be objective and respectful of those who played before and after us,... Read more »
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Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois
With this past weekend’s NFL Draft officially over, 14 former Illinois FCS players have signed contracts as undrafted free agents. Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois each had four players sign as free agents, and while Illinois State had “only” two players, the Redbirds were the lone team to have a player drafted (DB Davontae... Read more »