Rivalry rekindled: East will again meet West when Leathernecks join Ohio Valley Conference football in ’24
After meeting just three times in the last 21 years, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois will renew their rivalry when WIU joins the Ohio Valley Conference football in 2024.
What do Western Illinois football alumni think of the Leathernecks’ move to the Ohio Valley Conference? We asked.
Western Illinois football alumni react to the Leathernecks’ move to the Ohio Valley Conference.
Road to Ohio Valley Conference includes less travel and budget strain for WIU
Travel in the Ohio Valley Conference for Western Illinois will be less of a concern than in the eight-state Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Younger brother of Boston Celtics star at home in Macomb as WIU linebacker
Western Illinois linebacker Jaycob Tatum will be watching his older brother, Jayson, closely during Game 7 of Boston’s playoff series with Philadelphia.
Western Illinois announces football move from MVFC to Ohio Valley starting in 2024
Western Illinois is leaving the Missouri Valley Football Conference to join the Ohio Valley — and Eastern Illinois — starting with the 2024 season.
Veteran Southern Illinois DB P.J. Jules continues learning, growing, making plays
Veteran Southern Illinois defensive back P.J. Jules led the team in tackles and pass breakups a year ago, but is ready to do more.
Retooled Southern Illinois still features solid returning offensive production
After seeing its two-year postseason string broken, the Saluki offense is focused on finishing games and returning to the FCS playoffs.
Solid line play, return of injured contributors hold keys to EIU defense
Newly named coordinator Clay Bignell, in his second year as an Eastern Illinois assistant, now directs the Panther defense.
Western Illinois defense puts ‘heavy’ emphasis on slowing down ground game
Western Illinois allowed the most rushing TDs in the nation last season. This spring, they focused on stopping opponents on the ground.
Newly approved rules changes draw mixed reviews from Illinois FCS coaches
“Right now we know statistically the number of possessions approximately per half and per game,” EIU head coach Chris Wilkerson said. “All of a sudden, you’re going to be down a possession or two per half. It makes each possession that much more valuable.”