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Illinois State Redbirds
University Illinois State University
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Larry Lyons
Location Normal, IL
Varsity teams 17 (7 men's, 10 women's)
Football stadium Hancock Stadium
Basketball arena Redbird Arena
Baseball stadium Duffy Bass Field
Mascot Reggie Redbird
Nickname Redbirds
Fight song Go, You Redbirds
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Website www.goredbirds.com

The Illinois State Redbirds are the athletic teams that represent Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Teams play at the NCAA Division I level (FCS in football). The football team competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference while most other teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The fight song is Go, You Redbirds.[1]


A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State University sponsors eight men's and eleven women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]


Illinois State began its athletics program more than 100 years ago. The school, which had already been an NCAA Division I competitor for a decade, left behind its independent status in 1980 and affiliated itself with the Missouri Valley Conference. From 1981-92, Redbird women's teams competed under the Gateway Conference banner before women's sports were absorbed into the Missouri Valley Conference.

From approximately 1910-1970, Illinois State was affiliated with the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Athletics at Illinois State consists of 19 intercollegiate sports, having won 125 league titles in 23 years.[citation needed]

Today, 17 of the 19 Redbird sports compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, with the football team playing in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, formerly known as the Gateway Conference. On 7 April 2015, 7 died when a privately-owned Cessna 414 carrying Redbirds men's basketball coach Torrey Ward and the Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch crashed.[3] The plane crashed in a soybean field outside of Central Illinois Regional Airport in McLean County.[4]


Men's Basketball[edit]

Conference Title: 1983, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998 NCAA Appearances: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998

  • In 2008 they reached the NIT with a 25-10 record, They won their first round game as a 2 seed but ended up losing to Dayton in the 2nd round.
  • In 2009 they reached the NIT. They faced Kansas State in the first round and lost in overtime.
  • In 2010 the Redbirds once again made it to the National Invitation Tournament as a 7 seed. They traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the eventual 2010 NIT champion Flyers.
  • In 2012 the Redbirds made it to the NIT Tournament. They defeated Ole Miss in the first round, but lost to eventual 2012 NIT champion Stanford.

Women's Basketball[edit]

Conference Title: 1983, 1989, 2005, 2008, 2009 NCAA Appearances: 1983, 1985, 1989, 2005, 2008

  • In 2008 the women made it to the NCAA tournament with a 26-6 record as a 13 seed but lost first round to the Oklahoma
  • During the 2007-2008 season, former Head Coach Dr. Jill Hutchinson was recognized for her pioneering work in the advancement of women’s basketball. A banner was hung from the rafters at Redbird Arena in her honor.
  • 2009 Kristi Cirone becomes the all time leading scorer.
  • December 28, 2009 Kristi Cirone's No. 10 jersey was retired at Redbird Arena. Redbird Women's Basketball
  • Reached Semifinals in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 postseason WNIT. Lost in the second round of the 2012 postseason WNIT.[5]


For current information see 2014 Illinois State Redbirds football team

Missouri Valley Football Conference title: 1999, 2014

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

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 team advanced to the Final Four and finished 3rd in the AP poll.
  • Illinois State holds the NCAA Division I-AA record for the most tied football games with 66.[6]


Notable former athletes[edit]


External links[edit]

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Mon, 11 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. -- Authorities say Illinois State running back Marshaun Coprich is facing a drug charge and has been suspended from the team. McLean County authorities say Coprich has been preliminarily charged with felony distribution of 10 to 30 grams ...

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:15:33 -0700

On Tuesday, Purdue (13-31, 1-14 Big Ten) welcomes the Illinois State Redbirds (21-20, 6-9) of the Missouri Valley Conference for a one-game tuneup before heading to Michigan State for a three-game weekend series. The Redbirds enter the game with a ...


Mon, 18 May 2015 05:22:30 -0700

Paul DeJong was one of three seniors honored before Illinois State's Senior Day loss to Indiana State on Saturday. (Photo courtesy GoRedbirds.com). By ISU Sports Information. NORMAL – Indiana State forced extra innings with a run in the top of the ...


Fri, 08 May 2015 08:32:59 -0700

Redbird Arena overhead Illinois State men's basketball will play seven non-conference games at Redbird Arena during the 2015-16 season. (WJBC file photo). By ISU Sports Information. NORMAL – Four 2015 NCAA Tournament teams and at least two ...


Sat, 09 May 2015 19:15:00 -0700

PEORIA, Ill. – The Illinois State baseball team rallied back to win the nightcap of a twin bill with Bradley Saturday at Dozer Park. Bradley won the opener, 7-3, before the Redbirds earned a split with an 8-0 shutout win in the second game. Jacob ...

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Tue, 19 May 2015 14:19:26 -0700

5 seed and will face off against host school the No. 4 seed Wichita State Shockers. Below is a short preview of the game. Matchup: (4) Wichita State Shockers vs. (5) Illinois State Redbirds. First Pitch: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. Site: Eck Stadium in ...


Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:54:36 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. -- A news conference at Illinois State University to discuss the seven school officials and fans who died in a plane crash while returning from the NCAA tournament became a tearful memorial Wednesday. The National Transportation Safety ...

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KC Kingdom
Sun, 24 May 2015 06:18:45 -0700

O'Shaughnessey had 29 receptions for 544 yards and nine touchdowns in his final year with the Illinois State Redbirds. He's not likely going to see a ton of playing time in 2015, but he could be an option in the future for sure depending on how this ...

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