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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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Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:04:18 -0700

The university and CSN announced Monday an agreement that will put the Redbirds on the air four times this upcoming season. Those game include the home opener against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 6, the Mid-America Classic against Eastern ...

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Indianapolis Star
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:04:54 -0700

Indiana basketball picks up Illinois State transfer Nick Zeisloft. Zach Osterman, zach.osterman@indystar.com 9:10 a.m. EDT July 8, 2014. AP523023112884.jpg. Illinois State Redbirds guard Nick Zeisloft (15) in the second half of an NCAA college ...
Newport News Times
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Dunmore was previously linked to UCLA, USC and the University of Washington following his dismissal from the Ducks for “violations of team rules” before he joined the FCS-level Illinois State Redbirds. For the complete article see the 07-09-2014 issue.
Springfield News-Leader
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:25 -0700

Missouri State. Part of a four-way logjam for second a year ago, Bears need consistency from QB Kierra Harris. 5. Youngstown State. Four-year starter Kurt Hess is gone and Penguins must find suitable replacement. 6. Illinois State. Redbirds relying ...

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Vidette Online
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:10:14 -0700

The Illinois State Redbirds have had quite the offseason, headlined by new head coach Bo Durkac. Now the program will be seeing a familiar face return as former Redbird star Mike Stalowy will be returning as the new assistant coach and recruiting ...
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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:02:50 -0700

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The Southern
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Southern Illinois placekicker Thomas Kinney has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Awards Watch List, the CFPA announced this week. Kinney was a second-team All-Conference selection and MVFC All-Newcomer ...

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