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Fans at Hancock Stadium
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Illinois State University athletics has announced it will allow up to 20% capacity for its spring football schedule at Hancock Stadium this season, but tailgating will not be allowed.

Redbird Arena locker rooms
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The Illinois State University women’s basketball team picked up a win Friday and didn’t have to take the floor.

Kyle Brennan
Redbird Athletics

Illinois State University athletics ushers in a new era during a time when college athletics has been changed dramatically, and perhaps permanently.

ISU basketball team sitting at courtside
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The first home weekend series of 2021 for the Illinois State men’s basketball team won’t happen as scheduled.

Jim Lathrop watching football practice

Jim Lathrop has been helping student-athletes build their bodies for decades. Now, his body is breaking down.

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UPDATED 4:30 P.M. | The Missouri Valley Conference is altering its conference basketball schedules in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.  

Basketball players gather in a huddle
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Dan Muller is used to dealing with lots of unknowns heading into a basketball season. But his ninth season as Illinois State University men’s hoops coach will most certainly include more unknowns than any other.

Fans at Hancock Stadium
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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said he planned to tell university president Larry Dietz last spring that he planned to retire. Then the pandemic hit, so he decided to wait as the university and athletics waded through months of uncertainty and health concerns.

Luke Nelson competing in pole vault

A group of Illinois State University student-athletes has planned a march and rally Friday in response to ISU athletics director Larry Lyons' remark that “All Redbird Lives Matter” and the athletic department’s action plan for social change which followed.

Mya Robinson competing in track event

Illinois State University athletics director Larry Lyons said Tuesday he is working to better educate himself about the experiences of Black athletes as he looks to repair the damage his “All Redbird Lives Matter” remark has caused.

Redbird Arena
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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons said coaches and athletic department staff are reinforcing the need for mask compliance and social distancing after seeing a rise in coronavirus cases among student-athletes.

Fans at Hancock Stadium
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Illinois State University Athletics Director Larry Lyons could soon find out whether the term "guarantee" means the same thing in a pandemic world.

Phil Fayne and Dan Muller

College coaches are notorious for working all the time.

Larry Lyons and Steve Adams

A voice synonymous with Redbird athletics is silenced.

Fans at Hancock Stadium
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College athletic departments are preparing for the return of sports, even though they don't know when that will be or what it might look like in a COVID-19 world.

Matt Chastain and Dan Muller
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Both Illinois State basketball teams will soon be traveling to Italy in preparation for the upcoming season.

Seating inside Redbird Arena
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Fans will soon be able to buy beer and wine at Illinois State University Athletics events—and not just in premium seating locations.

Paul DeJong celebrates
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Paul DeJong didn't put away his curiosity for science when he graduated from Illinois State University.

Coen Frambes and Keyshawn Evans
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One of Illinois State softball's most valuable players this season will never throw a pitch, hit a ball or steal a base.

Nikola Jokic and Katy Winge
Katy Winge

Illinois State alum and basketball player-turned-broadcaster Katy Winge is getting to live out her dream job.

Horton Fieldhouse
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Illinois State University's Horton Fieldhouse is set to get a new roof.

Hancock Stadium
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Illinois State University athletic director Larry Lyons said he's trying to lay the groundwork for a new indoor practice facility that would have to be funded entirely by private dollars.

Krisit Cirone

One of Illinois State University's most decorated athletes will soon be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.

Melinda Fischer

Illinois State softball coach Melinda Fischer will have a national award named in her honor.

Dan Muller
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Illinois State men's basketball coach Dan Muller isn't shy about his lofty expectations for the Redbirds this season.


The Missouri Valley Conference has announced Illinois State men’s basketball will be featured 10 times this season as part of the league’s live event package with ESPN, according to a news release issued by the Valley.