Illinois State Redbirds football

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Illinois State Redbirds
2017 Illinois State Redbirds football team
Illinois State Redbirds Wordmark.png
First season 1887
Head coach Brock Spack
9th year, 62–35 (.639)
Other staff Billy Dicken (OC) Dan Clark (OC)
Spencer Nowinsky (DC)
Stadium Hancock Stadium
Seating capacity 13,391
Location Normal, Illinois
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
All-time record 451–510–68 (.471)
Bowl record 0–0 (–)
Conference titles 3
Colors Red and White[1]
For information on all Illinois State University sports, see Illinois State Redbirds

The Illinois State Redbird Football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Illinois State University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1887. The team plays its home games at the 13,391 seat Hancock Stadium. They are coached by Brock Spack.



  • 1937–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1975: NCAA Division II
  • 1976–1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–1981: NCAA Division I–A
  • 1982–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

Mid-America Classic[edit]

The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. The two teams have played 105 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 54-42-9 advantage in the all-time series. With the 100th game in the series approaching, representatives from both schools met in the spring prior and developed the Mid-America Classic moniker, renaming for the rivalry. The two schools also collaborated on a traveling trophy, which holds plaques with the results of the previous 100 games in the series and has room for results of future games in the series.[2]


Missouri Valley Football Conference title: 1999, 2014 (Co-Champions), 2015 (Co-Champions)

NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs: 1998, 1999, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Bowl Games

Date played Bowl Champion Runner-Up
November 23, 1950 Corn Bowl Missouri-Rolla 7 Illinois State 6
December 4, 1999 Pecan Bowl Illinois State 37 Hofstra 20
December 1, 2006 Pecan Bowl Youngstown State 28 Illinois State 21
  • The 1999 & 2006 the Midwest Region Championship (FCS Quarterfinal) was referred to as the Pecan Bowl.
  • In 1999 the Redbirds football advanced Final Four and receiving 3rd in the AP poll.
  • Illinois State holds the NCAA Division I-AA record for the most tied football games with 66.[3]

NCAA Division I FCS Playoffappearances[edit]

Illinois State has made seven appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978.

Year Round Opponent Result
1998 First Round Northwestern State L 28–48
1999 First Round
Georgia Southern
W 56–13
W 37–20
L 17–31
2006 First Round
Eastern Illinois
Youngstown State
W 24–13
L 21–28
2012 Second Round
Appalachian State
Eastern Washington
W 38–37 OT
L 35–51
2014 Second Round
Northern Iowa
Eastern Washington
New Hampshire
North Dakota State
W 41–21
W 59–46
W 21–18
L 27–29
2015 Second Round
Western Illinois
W 36–19
L 27–39
2016 First Round Central Arkansas L 24–31
Playoff Record 8–7

Redbirds drafted to the NFL[edit]

Draft Year Player Position Round Overall NFL Team
2015 James O'Shaughnessy TE 5 173 Kansas City Chiefs
2014 Shelby Harris DE 7 235 Oakland Raiders
2013 Nate Palmer LB 6 193 Green Bay Packers
2007 Laurent Robinson WR 3 75 Atlanta Falcons
2006 Brent Hawkins DE 5 160 Jacksonville Jaguars
2005 Boomer Grigsby LB 5 138 Kansas City Chiefs
1990 Bill Miller WR 10 258 Detroit Lions
1986 Jim Meyer T 7 167 Cleveland Browns
1985 Mike Prior DB 7 176 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1984 Clarence Collins WR 3 62 San Diego Chargers
1978 Estus Hood DB 3 62 Green Bay Packers
1976 Calvin Harper T 6 172 Kansas City Chiefs
1973 Ron Bell RB 6 140 Pittsburgh Steelers
1970 Guy Homoly DB 15 385 Cleveland Browns
1969 Dennis Nelson T 3 77 Baltimore Colts

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ ISU Graphic Standards (PDF). 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ DeLassus, David. "Division I-AA All-Time Wins". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

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