Illinois State Redbirds football

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Illinois State Redbirds football
2019 Illinois State Redbirds football team
Illinois State Redbirds Wordmark.png
First season1887
Head coachBrock Spack
10th season, 74–45 (.622)
StadiumHancock Stadium
(Capacity: 13,391)
LocationNormal, Illinois
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceMissouri Valley
All-time record471–510–68 (.481)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Conference titles10
RivalriesEastern Illinois (rivalry)
ColorsRed and White[1]

The Illinois State Redbirds 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.



  • 1906–1956: None
  • 1956–1972: NCAA College Division (Small College)
  • 1973–1975: NCAA Division II
  • 1976–1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978–1981: NCAA Division I–A
  • 1982–2006: NCAA Division I–AA
  • 2006–present: NCAA Division I FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

Illinois State has won 10 conference titles, four outright.

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1937† Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Howard Hancock 5-1-2 3-1-1
1940 5-3-1 3-0-1
1941† 3-4-1 3-0-1
1945 Edwin Struck 4-3 3-0
1950 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 7-1-2 5-0-1
1967† Larry Bitcon 8-2 2-1
1968† 6-4 2-1
1999 Missouri Valley Football Conference Todd Berry 11–3 6–0
2014† Brock Spack 13–2 7–1
2015† 10–3 7–1

† Co-championship

Postseason appearances[edit]

Illinois State has made eight appearances in the Division I–AA/FCS playoffs, garnering a record of 9–7.

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
2019 First Round
Second Round
Southeast Missouri State
Central Arkansas
W 24-6

Bowl games[edit]

Illinois State has one bowl appearance, going 0-1.[2]

Year Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1950 Edwin Struck Corn Bowl Missouri-Rolla L 6–7


Eastern Illinois[edit]

The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. With the 100th game in the series, representatives from both schools met and developed the Mid-America Classic 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.[3] The two teams have played 108 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 57–42–9 advantage in the all-time series as of the end of the 2019 season.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ Redbird Athletics Identity Manual (PDF). November 29, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  2. ^ DeLassus, David. "Division I-AA All-Time Wins". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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