Indiana State Sycamores football
|Indiana State Sycamores football|
|Athletic director||Sherard Clinkscales|
2nd season, 2–14 (.125)
|Field surface||Field Turf|
|Location||Terre Haute, Indiana|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Football Conference|
|All-time record||386–519–23 (.428)|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
3 (Div. I FCS)|
1983, 1984, 2014
|Playoff record||2-3 (Div. I FCS)|
Illinois State Redbirds|
Southern Illinois Salukis
Eastern Illinois Panthers
Ball State Cardinals
Royal Blue and White|
|Fight song||March On!|
|Marching band||Marching Sycamores|
- For information on all Indiana State University sports, see Indiana State Sycamores
The Indiana State Sycamores football team is the NCAA Division I football program of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They currently compete in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Playoffs in the 2014 NCAA Division I Football Championship. Their first season was 1896. The Sycamore's greatest season was 1983, when coach Dennis Raetz led them to the 2nd round of the 1983 NCAA Division I Football Championship versus the Southern Illinois Salukis and ended the season with a record of 9–4. The Sycamores also appeared in 1984 NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs. The Indiana State Sycamores play their home games at Memorial Stadium, which seats 12,764.
- 1 History
- 2 Team Accomplishments
- 3 Stadiums
- 4 Player of the year
- 5 All-Americans 1st Team (19)
- 6 Academic All-American (5)
- 7 All-Conference (125+)
- 8 Career leaders
- 9 Coaching leaders (by wins)
- 10 Coach of the Year (11)
- 11 Notable alumni
- 12 Rivalries
- 13 Traditions
- 14 Future non-conference opponents
- 15 References
- 16 External links
- 1952–1964: NCAA/NAIA
- 1965–1972: NCAA College Division
- 1970–1973: NAIA Division I
- 1973–1975: NCAA Division II
- 1976–1977: NCAA Division I
- 1978–1981: NCAA Division I–A
- 1982–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
- 1896–1933: Independent
- 1934–1947: Indiana Intercollegiate Conference
- 1948–1950: Independent
- 1951–1967: Indiana Collegiate Conference
- 1968–1972: Independent
- 1973–1975: Division II Independent
- 1976–1977: Division I Independent
- 1978–1981: Division I–A Independent
- 1982–1985: Division I–AA Independent
- 1986–present: Gateway Football Conference/Missouri Valley Football Conference
The Sycamores have participated in one bowl game, garnering a record of 0-1.
|1949||Shrine Bowl||Southern Illinois||L 14–41|
Division I NCAA Playoffs
The Sycamores have appeared in 3 NCAA Division I Football Championships. Their combined record is 2–3.
|1983||NCAA Division I First Round||Indiana State||16||Eastern Illinois||13|
|1983||Pecan Bowl||Southern Illinois||23||Indiana State||7|
|1984||Pecan Bowl||Middle Tennessee State||42||Indiana State||41|
|2014||NCAA Division I First Round||Indiana State||36||Eastern Kentucky||16|
|2014||NCAA Division I Second Round||Chattanooga||35||Indiana State||14|
The Sycamores shared the 1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference title with 4 schools (Ball State, Butler, Evansville, Valparaiso, with the Sycamores finishing with a 4–2 conference record and a 6–2 overall record. 
|1949–present||Memorial Stadium (Terre Haute), constructed in 1924.|
|1896–1948||Multiple Venues, including Parsons Field.|
The Sycamores have played football at venerable Memorial Stadium since the 1949 campaign. Originally constructed in 1922–24, at a cost of $450,000; the 12,764-seat stadium remains a fixture at the intersection of Wabash and Brown Avenues in Terre Haute, IN.
Memorial Stadium’s inauguration was on May 5, 1925, as the local minor league baseball team, the Terre Haute Tots, hosted their Three-I League rivals, the Peoria Tractors, before an estimated crowd of 9,000. Among the esteemed visitors were Major League Baseball Commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis and Charles Barnard of the Cleveland Indians.
The facility was acquired (via a 99-year lease) by Indiana State University in 1967. The installation of Astroturf made Indiana State the first university to own a football stadium with artificial turf.
Player of the year
- Shakir Bell – 2011 Walter Payton Award Finalist (Top 2 vote receiver)
- Johnny Towalid – 2012 Co-National FCS Defensive Back of the Year (by College Football Performance)
- Edgar Freese – 1965 Indiana Collegiate Conference DT (Lineman)
- Reggie Allen – 1979 Missouri Valley Conference QB (Offense)
- Gerry Gluscic – 1979 Missouri Valley Conference DE (Defense)
- Craig Shaffer – 1981 Missouri Valley Conference LB (Defense)
- Jeff Miller – 1984 Missouri Valley Conference QB (Offense)
- Wayne Davis – 1984 Missouri Valley Conference DB (Defense)
- Jeff Miller – 1985 Missouri Valley Conference QB (Offense)
- Vencie Glenn – 1985 Missouri Valley Conference DB (Defense)
- Derrick Franklin – 1991 Missouri Valley Football Conference RB (Offense)
- Shakir Bell – 2011 Missouri Valley Football Conference RB (Offense)
All-Americans 1st Team (19)
- Jeff Keller, DE – 1967 American Football Coaches Association
- Chris Hicks, OT – 1975 American Football Coaches Association
- Vincent Allen, RB – 1976 American Football Coaches Association
- Ed Martin, DE – 1983 American Football Coaches Association
- Wayne Davis, DB – 1984 American Football Coaches Association
- Vencie Glenn, DB – 1985 American Football Coaches Association
- Steve Mckeel DB – 1986 Associated Press
- Mike Simmonds, OT – 1986 American Football Coaches Association
- Steve McKeel DB – 1987 Associated Press
- Derrick Franklin, RB – 1991 Walter Camp, The Sports Network
- Shawn Moore, OG – 1993 American Football Coaches Association
- Dan Brandenburg, DT – 1994 American Football Coaches Association
- Dan Brandenburg, DT – 1995 The Sports Network, American Football Quarterly
- Tom Allison, PK – 1995 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette
- Troy Lefevra, DE – 1998 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette
- DeJuan Alfonzo, DB/RS – 1999 American Football Coaches Association
- Shakir Bell, RB – 2011 Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, The Sports Network
- Ben Obaseki, DL – 2011 Associated Press
- Joshua Appel, LS – 2015 STATS All-American
Academic All-American (5)
- Gary Brown, E – 1971
- Michael Eads, E – 1972
- Mark Maley E −1973
- Daniel Millington, DE – 2009
- Alex Sewall, DB – 2011
NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship (1)
- Jeffrey Miller, QB – 1986
All-Indiana Collegiate Conference (20+)
All-Missouri Valley Conference (42)
All-Missouri Valley Football Conference (70)
|Robert Tonyan, Jr||2013–2016||147||2,029||13.8||20|
|Robert Tonyan, Jr||2013–2016||22||0||0||4||140|
Career leaders in bold
Coaching leaders (by wins)
The current coach is Curt Mallory
|Coach (Alma Mater)||Seasons||Years||Games||W||L||T||Pct.|
|Dennis Raetz (Nebraska, 1968)||18||1980–1997||200||94||105||1||.473|
|Wally Marks (Chicago, 1927)||16||1927–30, 33–41, 46–48||125||62||56||7||.524|
|Jerry Huntsman (Wabash, 1952)||7||1966–1972||68||43||24||1||.642|
|Bill Jones (Ohio Wesleyan, 1939)||9||1957–1965||70||32||37||1||.464|
|Tim McGuire (Nebraska, 1975)||7||1998–2004||79||24||55||0||.304|
|Art Strum (Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1916)||6||1923–26, 32, 42||43||21||20||2||.512|
|Tom Harp (Muskingum, 1951)||5||1973–1977||51||20||31||0||.392|
|Trent Miles (Indiana State, 1987)||5||2008–2012||56||20||36||0||.357|
|Mike Sanford (Southern California, 1976)||4||2013–2016||48||18||30||0||.375|
|Mark Dean (Northern Illinois, 1938)||5||1951–54, 56||39||15||20||4||.436|
|Dick Jamieson (Bradley, 1961)||2||1978–1979||22||11||11||0||.500|
|Phil Brown (Butler, 1923)||1||1945||8||5||2||1||.688|
|J. Roy Goodlad (Wisconsin, 1929)||1||1931||7||4||3||0||.571|
|CPO Bob LeCroy[a] (SE Okla St, 19--)||1||1944||6||2||4||0||.333|
|Paul Selge (Indiana State, 1943)||1||1955||9||2||7||0||.222|
|George Ashworth (Indiana State, 1935)||2||1949–1950||19||2||16||1||.132|
|Curt Mallory (Michigan, 1990)||2||2017–present||15||2||13||0||.133|
|Lou West (Cincinnati, 1976)||3||2005–2007||33||1||32||0||.030|
|various (7 others)||13||1896–09, 1920, 1943||42||9||28||5||.274|
Career leaders in bold
- Chief Petty Officer (CPO) LeCroy was member of US Navy's V-12 program staff during World War II
Coach of the Year (11)
District / Region (4)
- Mike Sanford – 2014 AFCA Region #4
- Trent Miles – 2010 AFCA Region #4
- Jerry Huntsman – 1968 NCAA District #2
- Jerry Huntsman – 1966 NCAA District #1
- Trent Miles – 2010 Missouri Valley Football Conference
- Dennis Raetz – 1984 Missouri Valley Conference
- Jerry Huntsman – 1966 Indiana Collegiate Conference
- Bill Jones – 1963 Indiana Collegiate Conference
- Bill Jones – 1960 Indiana Collegiate Conference
- Bill Jones – 1959 Indiana Collegiate Conference
- Mark Dean – 1952 Indiana Collegiate Conference
Sycamores in Professional Leagues (51)
|Player||Class Year||Position||Primary Team(s)||Career||Highlight(s)|
|Jameer Thurman||2016||Linebacker||Calgary Stampeders||2017–Present|
|Shakir Bell||2012||Running Back||Ottawa Redblacks||2014–Present||Grey Cup Champion, All-American|
|Jamie Petrowski||2006||Tight End||Tennessee Titans||2006–2012||3rd Team All-American|
|Dan Brandenburg||1996||Defensive Tackle||Buffalo Bills||1996–1999||42 Career Games|
|John Bock||1994||Offensive Line||Miami Dolphins||1995–2000||17 Career Starts|
|Vencie Glenn||1986||Defensive Back||San Diego Chargers||1986–1995||35 Career INTs|
|Wayne Davis||1985||Defensive Back||San Diego Chargers||1985–1990||5 Career INTs|
|Craig Shaffer||1982||Line Backer||St. Louis Cardinals||1982–1984||18 Career Games|
|Tunch Ilkin||1980||Offensive Line||Pittsburgh Steelers||1980–1993||2x Pro Bowl Lineman|
All-Star Game participants (15)
- 1981 – Craig Shaffer, LB (Blue-Gray)
- 1982 – Kirk Wilson, WR (Senior Bowl)
- 1985 – Vencie Glenn, DB (Blue-Gray)
- 1986 – Vencie Glenn, DB (Senior Bowl)
- 1990 – Steve Elmlinger, WR (Senior Bowl)
- 1992 – Charles Swann, WR (Senior Bowl)
- 1992 – Charles Swann, WR (Japan Bowl)
- 1995 – Dan Brandenburg, DT (Blue-Gray)
- 1999 – DeJuan Alfonzo, DB (All-Star Gridiron Classic)
- 2005 – Blayne Baggett, QB (Magnolia Gridiron Classic)
- 2005 – LaDrelle Bryant, LB (Magnolia Gridiron Classic)
- 2006 – Kyle Hooper, PK (East Coast Bowl)
- 2006 – Madison Miller, DE (East Coast Bowl)
- 2006 – Carl Berman, (Magnolia Gridiron Classic)
- 2010 – Darrius Gates, RB (FCS Senior Scout Bowl)
- 2010 – Pat Burke, OG (FCS Senior Scout Bowl)
- 2013 – FN Lutz, OG (FCS Senior Scout Bowl)
Indiana Football Hall of Fame (34)
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The Sycamores have met Illinois State annually since 1969 and 48 times in the past 50 seasons. The first game in the series was in 1936, which ended in an 0–0 tie. The Redbirds hold a slight edge (30–36–2) over the Sycamores; the schools also are frequent Homecoming opponents. Indiana State leads in Homecoming games (5–2) in Terre Haute; while in Bloomington-Normal, the series is tied 2–2. The largest crowd in Illinois State football history is the 1970 match-up with Indiana State, 21,500 fans attended saw the Jerry Huntsman-led Sycamores win 28–7.
The burgeoning rivalry with Southern Illinois (SIU) has tilted to SIU's advantage in recent seasons, though the Salukis lead the overall series record, 24–23. SIU also own a victory in the only playoff meeting between the schools (a SIU 23–7 win in the 1983 NCAA Div I-AA playoffs).
Following the 1949 season, the Sycamores were invited to the 1949 Shrine Bowl versus the Salukis. The Salukis, who earlier in the season had lost to Indiana State, won the rematch 41–14.
Since 1901, the Sycamores have played Eastern Illinois 86 times; the series stands at 39–43–4 in favor of Eastern Illinois. The rivalry resumed in 2017 after a 7-year hiatus; the 4-game deal was inked in April, 2016. Indiana State won the most recent tilt, a notable shootout in Charleston by a score of 55-41.
From 1924 to 2014, the Sycamores played Ball State (Ind.) University 65 times; the series stands at 38–24–1 in favor of Ball State.
In 1940, the respective Blue Key chapters sponsored a trophy presentation, the 'Victory Bell' to reward the winner of the annual game between Indiana State and Ball State. The Sycamores currently hold the Victory Bell, having won the last match 27-20 on the road in 2014.
The term Homecoming was first used in print announcements for the Alumni-Varsity Basketball Game on Dec. 9, 1916. By the year 1919, this event became known as Blue and White Day and featured dances and entertainment for alumni of the Normal School. In 1921 the events were organized around a football game scheduled earlier in the autumn. A bonfire and pep rally were added to the festivities in 1922; the Blue-and-White Parade in 1923; and in 1937, Bette Whitmore (Kappa Kappa) was elected ISUs first Homecoming Queen. The 2010 season will mark the 106th season of Sycamore football and the 91st Homecoming; the Sycamores will face conference foe, Illinois State, on October 9. This will mark the 7th time that Illinois State has been the Homecoming opponent; following a tremoundous victory (59–24) the Sycamores now own a 5–2 mark vs. Illinois State in Homecoming games.
As of 2012; Indiana State owns a 50–36–2 (.580) record in Homecoming games; the outcomes of the remaining 5 games are unknown.
A symbol of the traditional rivalry in football between Indiana State and Ball State – Muncie Division, the Victory Bell tradition was inaugurated in 1940 when the Blue Key chapters at both schools arranged to donate a bell to be presented to the victor of the football game. The idea was to start a traditional exchange of the bell as a means of improving relationships between the two student bodies. The Victory Bell series is 19–34–1 in favor of Indiana State – Muncie Division.
Future non-conference opponents
Announced schedules as of September 21, 2018.
|at Kansas||at Eastern Illinois||at West Virginia||at Purdue||at Georgia||at Purdue||at Indiana||at Purdue||at Indiana|
|vs. Dayton||at Middle Tennessee||at Eastern Kentucky|
|vs. Eastern Kentucky|
|vs. Eastern Illinois|
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