Tag: Eastern Illinois Panthers

Illinois FCS coaches share their recollections about 9/11

Jared Elliott was a prep quarterback in Franklin, Tenn. Nick Hill was a junior at downstate DuQuoin High School. Adam Cushing was a tight end at the University of Chicago. Brock Spack was defensive coordinator at Purdue. No matter their age differences or experiences, they join millions of Americans remembering where they were and what... Read more »

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 »

If fall brings football for the OVC, 'It’s going to look very different in terms of structure'

If fall brings football for the OVC, 'It’s going to look very different in terms of structure'
“It’s an interesting time. We sure hope so is the best answer. All of us are working very hard and trying very hard to plan for a football season this fall. Obviously, everyone in Division I football wants there to be a football season coming up here in a month plus, but we need to... Read more »
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An altered football fall? Perhaps history carries some insight

An altered football fall? Perhaps history carries some insight
As questions and proposed plans continue to swirl around all things COVID-19 pandemic, the calendar on college football has flipped to June. Will players return to campus this summer? What will the NCAA allow? What will individual states allow? Will all conference members participate? Will there be fans in the stands? Can schools afford the... Read more »

With no spring practices to run, state FCS staffs turn attention toward recruiting

With no spring practices to run, state FCS staffs turn attention toward recruiting
With spring practices officially cancelled and so many unanswered questions hovering in the air, the four Illinois Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) programs have found a silver lining in the dark clouds of the unknown. The impact of COVID-19 has left staffs scrambling to meet the needs of its players, keep track of academic performances, set... 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 »
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Former Eastern, Western players square off for NFL title

Former Eastern, Western players square off for NFL title
Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois fans have an added interest in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Former EIU quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is the starting quarterback for San Francisco, while former WIU defensive lineman Khalen Saunders plays for Kansas City. Moreover, it’s likely the two will go head-to-head on the field as the 49ers and Chiefs battle for... Read more »

Panthers, Leathernecks among eight winless FCS teams

Panthers, Leathernecks among eight winless FCS teams
It’s the middle of October, and neither Eastern Illinois nor Western Illinois has claimed a victory this football season. In fact, the two programs are a combined 0-13. However, the Panthers and Leathernecks aren’t alone in being winless. Eight FCS teams are still seeking their first win this season. “That does seem like a high... Read more »

When coaches were players: Illinois FCS leaders recall their most memorable games

When coaches were players:  Illinois FCS leaders recall their most memorable games
Today we see them on the sidelines. Sometimes they stand in one spot; other times they stalk about with a clipboard or laminated sheets in their hands. They wear caps and, more often than not, a headset. We know them now as head coaches:  Brock Spack at Illinois State, Nick Hill at Southern, Jared Elliott... Read more »
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Social media has exploded upon the college football recruiting landscape

Social media has exploded upon the college football recruiting landscape
Just as it has in nearly all aspects of life, the impact of social media on recruiting has exploded in recent years. And it appears there’s no turning back or end in sight. “It has changed everything,” said “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran, who has covered Illinois high school football since 1995. “It has sped up the process,”... Read more »