5 burning questions for 2022: Southern Illinois edition

SIU quarterback Nic Baker had a record-setting season for the Salukis in 2021 and will be a key cog in the team’s high-powered offense next season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) No matter what position group you examine on the Southern Illinois football roster, a wildly impactful veteran has been part of the Salukis’ impressive run amid... Read more »

Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing departs Charleston for FBS Duke

Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing is departing EIU after three seasons to coach the offensive line at FBS Duke. (Photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Adam Cushing arrived at Eastern Illinois as its head football coach in December 2018 with 15 years of experience as an FBS assistant at Northwestern under his belt.... Read more »

Grigsby becomes 1st Illinois State Redbird named to College Football Hall of Fame

James “Boomer” Grigsby has been named to the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class. (Illinois State University photo) Illinois State University celebrated its 125th football season this past fall. There was more reason to celebrate to Monday when a former Redbird All-American became the first ISU player named to the College Football Hall of... Read more »

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 siusalukis.com) 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 GoLeathernecks.com) 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 goleathernecks.com) 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 GoLeathernecks.com) 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 SIUSalukis.com) 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 »