Tag: Southern Illinois Salukis

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 »

3 things we learned: SIU comeback secures road victory in Youngstown

Nic Baker leaps into the end zone Saturday for a touchdown in SIU’s 30-22 victory against Youngstown State. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Whether it was a 12-point first-quarter deficit, an injury or an interception, nothing was going to stop the Southern Illinois football team from bouncing back Saturday. The Salukis (3-1) allowed only three second-half points... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Redbirds appear perched for FCS playoffs; could Salukis join the hunt?

Redbirds appear perched for FCS playoffs; could Salukis join the hunt?
A year after no Illinois schools made the FCS playoffs, the possibilities are looking much brighter. With essentially a month left in the regular season, Illinois State seems a virtual lock for the 24-team playoff field. Meanwhile, Southern Illinois has moved its way into consideration. Illinois State, under the guidance of 11th-year head coach Brock... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Upon further review, the redshirt rule resonates around the state

Rarely does the NCAA pass legislation that is both wholeheartedly endorsed by coaches and beneficial to players, but the new redshirt rule appears to be that kind of smash hit. Players will now be allowed to play in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season, maintaining four years of eligibility. In... Read more »
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National writers predicting ISU Redbirds as state's most likely playoff team

Prairie State Pigskin asked four national media members for predictions on the Illinois FCS schools’ prospects for this season. In these experts’ composite opinion, head coach Brock Spack’s Illinois State Redbirds are likely the only state school you’ll find in the postseason. Here are the win-loss predictions and comments: Jason Groomes, College Sports Madness Illinois State... Read more »