EDGY's Redbirds overall grade: B
Everything seems to be going Illinois State's way these days and that includes the Redbirds success on the recruiting trail. Simply put when it comes to the FCS/Missouri Valley level with in-state kids Illinois State remains the biggest, most attractive and most sought after offer. Illinois State head coach Brock Spack and staff have been able to land kids in most cases off the top or near the top of it's recruiting board.
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Headliner Of The In-State Class?
Illinois State didn't need to look far for Normal U-High defensive end Austin Galindo (6-foot-5, 255 pounds). Galindo, who is a multi-sport athlete has the size, frame and upside to develop into a player that could become an impact player down the road for the Redbirds defense. It's pretty rare for any FCS level school to lure away a kid with Galindo's size, speed and athletic ability from the BCS level schools.
The One Who Got Away?
Crete-Monee offensive linemen Joe Ware (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) committed to Illinois State very early on in his process. Ware remained solid to the Redbirds until the very end when several MAC schools tried to lure him away from Illinois State. Ware made a late official visit to Bowling Green and decommitted from Illinois State just a few days before Signing Day.
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Final Thoughts on the Redbirds Recruiting Efforts:
The Redbirds have developed into a consistent winner on the field and in the recruiting circuit for several good and positive reasons. Illinois State has a lot to offer from it's renovated stadium, facilities, campus and just it's overall curb appeal to start. Winning also helps. Add in a coaching staff with strong and consistent in state recruiting ties and again ISU offers prospects a lot of positives. The main question mark these days for Illinois State and it's recruiting efforts is how much longer can they keep BCS level schools from raiding the Redbirds coaching staff starting with head coach Brock Spack?
One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.
Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.
“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."
Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.
“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.
"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.
“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”
Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.
Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.
"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.
"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."
That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.
As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.
Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.
In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.