Archive for July 2021

DBU of the FCS? Southern Illinois seniors Brown, Ceasar lead dogs for Salukis

Safety Qua Brown (24) led Southern Illinois in tackles and forced fumbles during the spring while helping the Salukis to the FCS quarterfinals. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Flipping on the TV on NFL Sundays last fall became a weekly habit for the Southern Illinois football coaching staff. Plenty of eyes were tuned to Carolina Panthers to... Read more »

Retooled Redbirds prepare to open fall camp

Fullback Tim McCloyn (46) was the lone Illinois State player named to the preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team. (photo courtesy goredbirds.com) Even with the uncertainty of the global pandemic looming, Illinois State head coach Brock Spack exuded confidence that his Redbirds were poised for a highly successful 2020 fall season. After all, ISU was... Read more »

Lines, depth hold keys to WIU moving up in Missouri Valley standings

While Western Illinois has skill players to move the ball through the air, its success hinges on improved line play and running game. (photo courtesy goleathernecks.com) Like most teams, the recognizable names for Western Illinois football reside in the so-called skill positions. Yet Jared Elliott knows full well where the opportunity to move up in... Read more »
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Vaccine numbers game could equal fall forfeits for Missouri Valley teams

Some Missouri Valley Football Conference stadiums could be empty this fall if COVID-19 outbreaks lead for forfeits. (photo courtesy of SIU) After a unique spring FCS season that brought both a sense of “pride and relief” for the Missouri Valley Football Conference, commissioner Patty Viverito said Tuesday during the league’s virtual media day that juggling... Read more »

EIU football eager to build off youthful game experience as fall season fast approaches

Linebacker Jason Johnson was named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) His team may have been predicted to finish last in the seven-team Ohio Valley Conference this fall, but Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing continues to look on the bright side of things. “What an exciting time... Read more »

Moving the Chains with . . . SIU chaplain Roger Lipe

Twitter photo Roger Lipe recently wrapped up 27 seasons as the chaplain for Southern Illinois Salukis football. Over the years, Lipe has befriended and counseled countless numbers of individuals from all walks of life. He’s performed weddings and “sadly, a couple of funerals.” Never one to fully pull back the reins, Lipe continues to walk... Read more »
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Ohio Valley Conference exploring possible additions for departed members

The OVC is searching for new membership. At Monday’s Ohio Valley Conference football virtual media day, commissioner Beth DeBauche spent much of her seven-minute and 30-second address highlighting positives about the league. Her topics ranged from successes during the global pandemic (“you only have to look at last year and the OVC played all but... Read more »

Preparations in place for quick turnaround from spring FCS season to fall

Running back Jaelin Benefield’s health is a vital cog in the Eastern Illinois offense. (photo courtesy Sandy King/eiupanthers.com) Although Eastern Illinois’ final spring football game was cancelled due to Covid protocols when its opponent did not have enough players, the impact of the unprecedented schedule will certainly carry into fall. Never before has an offseason... Read more »