Archive for December 2021

Southern Illinois Salukis postseason capsule

Plays such as freshman Izaiah Hartrup’s one-handed catch gave SIU fans plenty to cheer about in 2021. (photo courtesy Head Coach:  Nick Hill Overall Record: 8-5 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  5-3 Biggest Win: Southern Illinois rallied from a 20-point deficit to stun No. 2 ranked South Dakota State 42-41 in overtime in a first-place showdown and... Read more »

5 burning questions for 2022: Western Illinois edition

Wide receiver Tony Tate (1) is among the key players of offense that WIU must replace this off-season. (Photo by Myers Hendrickson stood at the lectern Monday at Western Hall in Macomb, fired up to take on his new job at his old school. The common thread he has with his players is that... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks postseason capsule

Senior Dennis Houston tied for the top pass catcher in FCS with 90 receptions. (photo courtesy Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record: 2-9 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win: While WIU’s 38-35 win at Youngstown State in late September was a thriller, there’s nothing like beating an arch-rival. A month later, the Leathernecks twice erased... Read more »

Western Illinois coaching job 'a calling' for former wide receiver Myers Hendrickson

Myers Hendrickson was officially introduced Monday as the 31st head coach in the history of Western Illinois football. (Photo by After a Zoom meeting Friday with nearly every player on the Western Illinois football roster, Myers Hendrickson wound up in the team’s locker room in Western Hall. “That’s where I gravitated to,” Hendrickson said... Read more »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Eastern Illinois Panthers

For Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing, National Signing Day has always been special. “Exciting day, always one of the most exciting days of the year to bring some new blood into the program” Cushing said Wednesday afternoon during a Zoom media address. EIU could use some new blood. The Panthers are coming off their... Read more »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Southern Illinois Salukis

Southern Illinois added 12 new players this week on the December national signing day, and expects to continuing adding through February. (Photo by Editor’s note: This is one part of a four-part series on December signees by Illinois FCS programs. Tomorrow: Eastern Illinois. Adding nine incoming freshmen and three transfers this week on national... Read more »

National signing day, Dec. 2021: Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois State signed 13 players to its roster in Wednesday’s National Signing Day. (Photo by Barry Bottino) Editor’s note: This is one part of a four-part series on December signees by Illinois FCS programs. Illinois State announced the signing of 13 players — but none from the transfer portal — during Wednesday’s National Signing Day. The... Read more »

Illinois recruiting numbers 'way, way, way down', according to 30-year analyst

The number of Illinois prep football players signing with the state FCS schools may well be an all-time low, according to longtime recruiting analyst “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. Today is National Signing Day, the December date on the calendar when high school athletes officially declare which collegiate program they will enter upon graduation. Earlier this week,... Read more »

5 burning questions for 2022: Illinois State edition

Senior Austin Nagel led the team in receptions this fall at Illinois State, but had only 19 catches for a struggling ISU passing game. (Photo by Brock Spack’s review of his team’s passing attack this fall was direct and blunt. “We are light years away from being able to throw the football the way... Read more »

Illinois State Redbirds postseason capsule

Freshman Cole Mueller led Illinois State in rushing. (photo courtesy Head Coach:  Brock Spack Overall Record:  4-7 Missouri Valley Conference Record:  2-6 Biggest Win:  Defense, a Spack staple, delivered in a 17-10 overtime triumph against No. 13 ranked Northern Iowa. The Redbirds racked up nine tackles-for-loss and ran an interception back for a touchdown in front of the... Read more »