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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
     Red       White
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]


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.


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.[3]


For current information see 2013 Illinois State Redbirds football team

Missouri Valley Football Conference title: 1999

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

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.[4]


Notable former athletes[edit]


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Bloomington Pantagraph
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

WICHITA, Kan. — With freshman Jaelyn Keene on fire, the Illinois State volleyball team upset Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Wichita State, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19, in the league opener for both teams Friday. A graduate of Jacksonville High ...
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:18:47 -0700

Illinois State Redbirds football rout Mississippi Valley State, 62-0. Photo courtesy Illinois State Athletics. by Connor Szymanski. Illinois State University - NORMAL, Ill. – September 7, 2014 - Illinois State shut out an opponent for the first time ...
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:49:09 -0700

Illinois State: WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 13, 2014 - The Illinois State volleyball team defeated George Washington in four sets (25-23, 25-20,15-25, 25-19) Saturday, marked the 1,000th victory in the program's history. The Redbirds finished the ...
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:48:35 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Lechein Neblett caught three passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns, including a 61-yard second quarter strike from Tre Roberson, to lead Illinois State to a 34-15 win over Eastern Illinois in the annual Mid-America Classic on Saturday.

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Eagle's Rant
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:11:15 -0700

The Cardinals didn't look back on Thursday as they finished off the Illinois State Redbirds in IN at Scheumann Stadium with 16,327 fans paying to see the game. At 51-28 the Ball State Cardinals chalked up a win bringing the records to 1-0 for the ...


Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:52:30 -0700

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies used a dominant performance in the second half to register a 4-1 win over the Illinois State Redbirds at Ellis Field on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Aggies a 4-0-0 start a season for the first ...
UCA Sports
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Eugene, Ore. – The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears opened the season in the 2014 Oregon Invitational, taking on the Illinois State Redbirds. The teams split the first set before the Redbirds took the final two sets to down the Sugar Bears 3-1. After the ...

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Northern Illinois University Athletics
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:26:53 -0700

DeKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois University women's soccer team kicks off its regular season this weekend with two matches against in-state foes. The Huskies face the Illinois State Redbirds on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Normal, Ill. Then NIU ...

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