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Western Illinois starts MVFC play seeking more than 'flashes'

Head coach Jared Elliott and the WIU Leathernecks kick off Missouri Valley Football Conference play this weekend at Youngstown State. (Photo by Jared Elliott has been wowed by some big moments that the Western Illinois football team has produced this fall. Those moments, however, have not lasted long enough for the WIU head coach.... Read more »

With a third football member leaving, EIU's conference seeks new members

The Ohio Valley Conference has played football since 1948. Late last week, the Ohio Valley Conference lost its third member in the past eight months leading to speculation of where the league turns to next. The news affects Eastern Illinois University, which has played football in the OVC since 1996. Austin Peay State University announced... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Southern Illinois safety Qua Brown

Qua Brown earned second-team All-American honors during the spring season for SIU, which included a playoff berth for the Salukis. (Photo by While Nick Hill was building his first recruiting class as the head coach at Southern Illinois, he said he was “lucky” that safety Qua Brown chose SIU. “We got him on a... Read more »

Southern moves up one spot in FCS national polls; WIU, ISU players earn weekly honors

SIU linebacker Bryce Notree (54) celebrates a tackle during the Salukis’ 55-3 victory Saturday against Dayton in Carbondale. (Photo by After posting its most lopsided win since 2017, the Southern Illinois football team jump one spot in both FCS national football polls Monday. The Salukis, who beat Dayton 55-3 in their home opener Saturday,... Read more »

3 things we learned: Spack reflects on Redbird victory record, late EIU coach’s impact after rivalry win

Illinois State players douse head coach Brock Spack after the team’s 31-24 victory Saturday in Charleston. Spack became ISU’s all-time winningest coach with the victory. (Photo by CHARLESTON – Minutes after Illinois State football players doused Brock Spack with the contents of Gatorade coolers Saturday night to celebrate a historic win, the ISU head... Read more »

3 things we learned: EIU drops Mid-America Classic to Illinois State

Eastern Illinois’ Charles Shelton IV (25) blocked a third quarter punt that DeAirious Smith (88) picked up and ran into the end zone. (photo courtesy Sandy King/EIU Athletics) CHARLESTON—Sometimes dreams are dashed quickly, and perhaps even more so in rivalry football games. Seeking its first win of the season, Eastern Illinois stood on the precipice... Read more »

3 things we learned: No. 8 Salukis thrill big home crowd, run away from Dayton

Javon Williams Jr. rushed for a game-high 123 yards in a 55-3 victory Saturday at Saluki Stadium against Dayton. (Photo by After limited-capacity crowds for the spring FCS season because of COVID-19, the Southern Illinois football team got a warm welcome from 7,338 fans in its 2021 fall opener Saturday at Saluki Stadium. “I... Read more »

3 things we learned: No. 7 Eastern Washington thwarts WIU comeback in 62-56 shootout

Nationally ranked Eastern Washington held off Western Illinois in the Leathenecks’ home opener. (photo courtesy Records fell by the wayside Saturday afternoon at Macomb’s Hanson Field, but in the end nationally ranked Eastern Washington held off Western Illinois for a 62-56 non-conference victory. Eastern Washington (3-0), a member of the Big Sky Conference and... Read more »

No. 8 Southern Illinois focused on ramping up workload for Williams, deep RB group

Southern Illinois running back Javon Williams Jr. has scored 35 career touchdowns for the Salukis as a rusher, passer and receiver. (Photo by Southern Illinois running back Javon Williams Jr. is no stranger to the end zone. During his career in Carbondale, the Centralia High School product has rushed for 28 TDs, passed for... Read more »

Rugged Western Illinois schedule continues with visit from high-flying Eastern Washington

Western Illinois quarterback Connor Sampson will lead the Leatherneck offense against high-scoring Eastern Washington on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Macomb. (Photo by During the spring FCS season, Western Illinois put together one of the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s most productive passing games. The Leathernecks – behind senior quarterback Connor Sampson and standout wide receivers... Read more »