The Redbirds defensive performance led to the team's 61-50 over Morehead State.

Redbird defense impresses in win over Morehead State

December 13, 2019

The Illinois State defense (4-6) posted their best performance of the year, forcing 16 turnovers and pulled down 31 defensive rebounds in a 61-50 win over non-conference opponent Morehead State (5-5) on December 7. The ‘birds closed the game out strong, giving up 26 points and holding the Eagles to 32% from the field in the second half. “It’s...

Redbirds approach their 10th game of the 2019-2020 season.

‘Birds fall short against UCF

December 6, 2019

The Illinois State University mens basketball team lost 67-65 to the University of Central Florida on November 17. After beginning the season 2-0, this was the first loss for the Illinois State men’s basketball squad despite managing over 50 points from players off the bench and holding an 8-10 point lead for the majority of the first half. The Knig...

NCAA March Madness mascot bracket

NCAA March Madness mascot bracket

April 3, 2019

With the Final Four taking place this upcoming weekend, Inkspot staffers decided to complete a bracket of their own based on which teams' mascot would win in a head-to-head brawl. These picks have nothing to do with players, coaches or the team itself - they are strictly based on the threat potential of each team's mascot. For matchups where tea...

NCHS Choir gets Rebirds in rhythm for revenge win

NCHS Choir gets Rebirds in rhythm for revenge win

February 7, 2019

The NCHS choir sung the national anthem prior to the Illinois State mens basketball game on Saturday night, as the Rebirds beat the Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago on Doug Collins Court. The Community students added their voices to the chorus of cheers supporting the hometown team; it was a full-house considering the game's 9 p.m. tip-off. The last time the two team...

Normal Community graduate Garrett Hirsch is part of an offensive line that has allowed Illinois State running backs to succeed.

Hirsch, ISU O-line secure Homecoming win

October 23, 2018

The Illinois State Redbirds did not disappoint their alumni during Homecoming weekend with a 51-3 win over the Salukis Saturday, October 13. The 1-4 Southern Illinois Salukis could not handle the 12th ranked ISU team and standout running back James Robinson. Robinson ran for 202 yards on 25 carries and had a touchdown to show for the effort. Qu...

ISU takes the bite out of Coyotes in Homecoming game

ISU takes the bite out of Coyotes in Homecoming game

October 25, 2017

The Illinois State Redbirds defeated the University of South Dakota Coyotes 37-21 in the ISU Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 21. Saturday was the epitome of college football - a sunny, 73-degree day; ISU students, both current and alumni, parents, and Redbird fans streaming into Hancock Stadium from all directions; the surrounding parking lots...

National Signing Day: college football

Tyler Durbin, Sports

February 25, 2013

National Signing Day has come and gone, and the future of many teams has changed in a big way. National Signing Day is the first day that high school seniors can sign an agreement, better known as a Letter of Intent, with a college that is a member of the NCAA. Many athletes make verbal commitments to schools, but they are not locked in until they sign their National Letter of Intent. Therefore, a player can make a quick switch from a verbal commitment and sign with a different school. The majority of top football recruits sign on this day. National Signing Day isn’t...

Wildcats’ fans going wild

Kalin Redd, Staff Reporter

January 24, 2013

If you’re a Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan, you should start saying your prayers.  Their mediocre record has their fans weeping in sorrow.  Coach John Calipari said, “Whoever has Kentucky ranked in their top five in the preseason poll needed to be drug tested.”  Nobody is disagreeing with him now, according to USA Today. Coach Calipari’s Wildcats 10 wins and 5 losses are nowhere close in comparison to last year's team who coasted their way to a National Championship game.  The worst loss for the University of Kentucky had to be their 83-71 loss to Texas...

Once again the BCS is questioned

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

There will be questions surrounding college football for another year. The Bowl Championship System, or BCS, has been under a lot criticism from the general public the last few years. The BCS creates five bowl games at the end of the season for the teams in the BCS rankings.  It ranks teams mostly on computer methods and a few other polls; Therefore it cannot factor in the human view of teams. If a highly ranked team lost due to an error on the part of the official, the BCS wouldn’t acknowledge that, and they would fall in the rankings and would most likely not have...

First time ever freshman wins Heisman

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 20, 2012

The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football every season. It is the most prestigious award and mosted anticipated award in college football. History was going to be made regardless of which of the three finalists won this year. The three finalists were quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who would be the first freshman ever to win the award. Linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame, who would’ve been the first primary defensive player to win. And Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who would’ve been the first Kansas State...

Big Ten let lead slip away

Tyler Durbin, Sports

December 6, 2012

For the first time in Big Ten-ACC Challenge history, the competition ended in a tie. The Challenge started in 1999 and was dominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference, better known as the ACC, the ACC won the first ten match ups.  Recently though, the Big Ten had responded with three straight wins before this year’s tie. Since it was a tie, the Big Ten retains the title, but it has to feel like a loss for the Big Ten. The Challenge was two days long, featuring six games per day. The ACC got the first win with Virginia Tech’s victory against Iowa. After that, the...

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

Hot start for ISU mens basketball

December 5, 2012

The Illinois State Men’s Basketball team is off to a hot start in the early season. The Redbirds started 5-0 before falling to Northwestern for their first loss in the championship game of the South Padre Island Invitational. Former ISU standout Dan Muller is now the head coach and the team seems to be transitioning smoothly. Aside from a thrilling...

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