Archive for September 2020

With football Saturdays quiet this fall, EIU staff works toward returning roar to young Panthers

With football Saturdays quiet this fall, EIU staff works toward returning roar to young Panthers
Like other football stadiums across the state, O’Brien Field in Charleston remains silent for the most part in a month that normally features Saturday games. There have, however, been workouts for second-year Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing’s Panthers. In the midst of a fall camp that resembles traditional spring practice, Cushing and his staff forge... Read more »

Mentor Moments: EIU's Cushing influenced by family & friends

Mentor Moments:  EIU's Cushing influenced by family & friends
The following is the second in a series that highlights each of the four Illinois FCS head coaches as they share thoughts and memories about their mentors. Today’s featured coach is Adam Cushing of Eastern Illinois. Adam Cushing views teaching and coaching as forever linked. After all, his list of mentors begins that way. “There’s... Read more »

Illinois State football faces challenges on and off field as fall camp opens

Illinois State football faces challenges on and off field as fall camp opens
Illinois State head coach Brock Spack and his family took a long-awaited trip right before spring football practice was set to begin. Then, the world as we know it changed. “I took my family for a vacation in the Virgin Islands,” Spack told Prairie State Pigskin recently. “I’ll never forget the Wednesday when the NCAA (men’s... Read more »
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For Southern Illinois, there will be fall football after all

For Southern Illinois, there will be fall football after all
The simple task of opening his computer and watching game film is something Nick Hill has done hundreds of times. Over the past few days, it has been an exhilarating experience. “It felt so good,” the Southern Illinois head football coach said Monday. “I felt normal. It gets you excited.” For the first time since... Read more »

Mentor Moments: Illinois State's Brock Spack recalls his days with Spoo, Tiller

Mentor Moments: Illinois State's Brock Spack recalls his days with Spoo, Tiller
The following is the first in a series that highlights each of the four Illinois FCS head coaches as they share thoughts and memories about their mentors. Today’s featured coach is Illinois State’s Brock Spack, in his 11th year leading the Redbirds. Two names jump out immediately for Brock Spack when asked to name his... Read more »

Extended offseason provides added development time for WIU football

Extended offseason provides added development time for WIU football
In a time of uncertain planning, Western Illinois is scheduled to begin its fall football camp next week. “We’re trying to use the fall the best way that we can,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott told Prairie State Pigskin. “What I mean by that is we’re trying to do everything that we can in terms... Read more »
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Moving the Chains with … Holden Boyle, Illinois State director of operations

Moving the Chains with … Holden Boyle, Illinois State director of operations
Holden Boyle retired from his athletic career when he got to high school. Yet the 25-year-old, who was born in Elk Grove Village and grew up in Arizona, has been an integral part of two of Illinois’ four FCS football programs as the director of operations. Boyle began his career in “ops” at Western Illinois... Read more »

Former Illinois FCS stars making impacts on NFL rosters

Former Illinois FCS stars making impacts on NFL rosters
When last seen on the football field, former Western Illinois defensive lineman Khalen Saunders was part of the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl celebration. Saunders and his teammates return to action Thursday by hosting the Houston Texans in a national prime time broadcast to open the 2020 NFL season. “What the Chiefs need to see... Read more »

Moving the Chains with … Kare’ Lyles, Southern Illinois quarterback

Moving the Chains with … Kare’ Lyles, Southern Illinois quarterback
Since he started playing football as a youth, Kare’ Lyles said he has never been part of a losing season. His accuracy and leadership helped Southern Illinois to the doorstep of the FCS playoffs last season, a 7-5 record and a spot in the national Top 25. With SIU not playing this fall, Lyles missed... Read more »
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