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Illinois State Redbirds
Logo
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
Colors
     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]

Teams[edit]

Illinois State University sponsors eight men's and eleven women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

History[edit]

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.

Accomplishments[edit]

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]

Football[edit]

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.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Notable former athletes[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


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Northern Star Online
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:23:18 -0700

Softball got off to an impressive start to their week with a midweek extra-inning victory over the Illinois State Redbirds. The Huskies (13-13) beat the Redbirds (13-18), 6-3, in eight innings Wednesday in Normal. How it happened. It was a back-and ...

FOXSports.com

FOXSports.com
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:02:50 -0800

Mar 7, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Illinois State Redbirds. Scott Rovak / USA TODAY Sports. Daishon Knight, a 6-foot-1 senior, poured in a game-high 25 points, including 16 in the second half of Saturday's Illinois State win. FOX Sports Midwest Sean Keeler.

FOXSports.com

FOXSports.com
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 14:21:07 -0700

Seth Tuttle kisses the championship trophy after Northern Iowa defeated Illinois State in the MVC tournament. AP. Share This Story. Tweet. Updated MAR 08, 2015 10:40p ET. ST. LOUIS —. The Missouri Valley Player of the Year looked the part when it ...

Pregame.com

CBSSports.com
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:34:31 -0700

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Jonathan Arledge made the go-ahead layup with 19 seconds to play, and Old Dominion held off Illinois State 50-49 on Monday in the second round of the NIT for its 23rd straight win at home. It's the seventh-longest active home winning ...

Vidette Online

CBSSports.com
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:03:02 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Paris Lee hit the shots when it mattered, scoring 18 points late in the game, and also made two key steals late to lead Illinois State past the Wisconsin-Green Bay 69-56 in Wednesday's first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 19:41:29 -0700

Illinois State head coach Dan Muller and his team watch in the final minute of play against Northern Iowa during the Missouri Valley Conference championship. Illinois State head coach Dan Muller and his team watch in the final minute of play against ...
 
Anchor of Gold (blog)
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:45 -0800

This weekend, the Defending National Champion Vanderbilt Commodores welcome the Illinois State Redbirds for a three game series at Hawkins Field. I know next to nothing about their baseball team. Less than I knew about Indiana State's baseball team ...

Standard Online

CBSSports.com
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:35:01 -0800

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Deontae Hawkins made four 3-pointers and scored 17 to points to help fourth-seeded Illinois State defeat fifth-seeded Evansville 71-67 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals. Up next on Saturday for the ...
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