|Illinois State Redbirds|
|Head coach||Brock Spack|
10th season, 74–45 (.622)
|Other staff||Billy Dicken (OC)|
Dan Clark (OC)
Spencer Nowinsky (DC)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||471–510–68 (.481)|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Rivalries||Eastern Illinois (rivalry)|
|Colors||Red and White|
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
- 1887–1907: Independent
- 1908–1949: Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1950–1969: Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1970–1972: Independent
- 1973–1975: Division II Independent
- 1976–1977: Division I Independent
- 1978–1980: Division I–A Independent
- 1981–1985: Missouri Valley Conference
- 1986–present: Gateway Football Conference/Missouri Valley Football Conference
The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. The two teams have played 106 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 55–42–9 advantage in the all-time series. With the 100th game in the series approaching, representatives from both schools met in the spring prior and developed the Mid-America Classic moniker, 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.
Illinois State has won three conference titles, one outright.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall record||Conference record|
|1999||Missouri Valley Football Conference||Todd Berry||11–3||6–0|
Illinois State has made seven appearances in the Division I–AA/FCS playoffs, garnering a record of 8–7.
|1998||First Round||Northwestern State||L 28–48|
|W 38–37 OT|
North Dakota State
|2016||First Round||Central Arkansas||L 24–31|
Illinois State has one bowl appearance, going 0-1.
|1950||Edwin Struck||Corn Bowl||Missouri-Rolla||L 6–7|
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. The two teams have played 107 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 56–42–9 advantage in the all-time series as of the end of the 2018 season.
Notable former players
Notable alumni include:
- B. J. Bello
- Duane Butler
- Aveion Cason
- Luke Drone
- Kevin Glenn
- Boomer Grigsby
- Jim Fitzpatrick
- Larry Fitzpatrick
- Shelby Harris
- Brent Hawkins
- Estus Hood
- Jason Johnson
- Andy King
- John Kropke
- Cameron Meredith
- Jim Meyer
- Tom Nelson
- Nate Palmer
- Mike Prior
- Laurent Robinson
- Joe Vodicka
- Cody White
- Mike Zimmer
- Colton Underwood
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- DeLassus, David. "Division I-AA All-Time Wins". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
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