Archive for March 2020

Moving the Chains with . . . Omar Akil Solomon, EIU Admissions

Moving the Chains with . . . Omar Akil Solomon, EIU Admissions
Prairie State Pigskin began its Moving the Chains Q&A feature in Sept. 2016 with Illinois State and future Chicago Bears offensive lineman Cameron Lee. Since that time we have profiled 48 players and one coach across all four Illinois FCS schools during the football season. So, for our milestone 50th Moving the Chains, we have a... Read more »

State FCS programs soldier on as COVID-19 alters spring

State FCS programs soldier on as COVID-19 alters spring
Published in the early 1960s, Silent Spring was Rachel Carson’s landmark book documenting the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. That same title could also easily be used to describe our current COVID-19 pandemic landscape. Although Southern Illinois was able to open spring ball Feb. 26 and hold five team workouts, spring football practices... Read more »

Spring football certainly in jeopardy for state's FCS programs

Spring football certainly in jeopardy for state's FCS programs
As with all aspects of daily life, the prospects of spring football practice for the four Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs are very much up in the air because of COVID-19. Last Friday, the Missouri Valley Conference announced that all intercollegiate competitions, including MVC championships, have been canceled through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.... Read more »
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Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young

Passion for football keeps SIU's 'Old Man' feeling young
Southern Illinois senior linebacker Cody Crider has done the math. Three surgeries for a torn ACL. Times six months of rehab for each injury. That equals 18 months of his football career in which his main job was coming back from an injury. “That’s a year-and-a-half doing nothing but rehab,” he said. “Having the passion... Read more »