Mac On Sports

MAC ON SPORTS: IHSA TACKLES NUMEROUS ISSUES AT MEETING

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors tackled, that’s an appropriate play on words as the football season winds down April 23/24 weekend, a number of issues.      Students also won’t have to mask any longer while they’re playing only when they’re on the sidelines, a three-year fee structure for member schools and a reduction…

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MAC ON SPORTS: MEISENHELTER, WALKER NAMED IBCA ALL-STATERS

    Meridian’s Graham Meisenhelter and Eisenhower’s RJ Walker have been named all-state by Class 1A and 3A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s coaches.      Meisenhelter and Walker led their respective Meridian and Eisenhower basketball teams last season.      MacArthur’s Brylan Phillips received special mention Class 3A. Warrensburg-Latham’s Jackson Cook was accorded Class 1A special…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BIELEMA WALKING THE WALK ABOUT STATE PREP RECRUITING

Bret Bielema is walking the walk after he  talked the talk in his Dec. 19 introductory press conference as Lovie Smith’s successor.     At the time Bielema said he would reach out to all of the prep football coaches in the state after the previous staff ignored them, including Lovie not making an appearance at the Illinois Football…

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MAC ON SPORTS: IT’S NOT A GOOD TIME FOR DPS61, EISENHOWER

       These are not the best of times for either Eisenhower athletics, District 61’s administration or the Board of Education. Cancellation of this spring’s Panthers football season is an embarrassment to the school, the district, the teachers association and the Decatur community.      And the shared responsibility for this starts with District 61’s remote learning policy…

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MAC ON SPORTS: REAL MEN WEAR PINK UNDERWAY

       RMWP…an acronym for Real Men Wear Pink      Prep football fans in and around Decatur and Macon County are used to seeing men of all ages wearing pink on Fridays in October. But not last fall because the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in government officials cancelling all prep sports with their lockdown guidelines.      “Cancer never stops,”…

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MAC ON SPORTS: COVID NOT DONE STRIKING PREPS

    Sangamon Valley has cancelled its first two games because of COVID issues with its football team.     In response to a question from the Decatur Tribune about their schedule for Friday night, Michael Lee, Sangamon Valley football head coach, advised, “A player tested positive last Thursday (March 11) and as a result all players had…

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MAC ON SPORTS: LEAGUES MEET TO SOLVE FAN ISSUES

    Athletic Directors from the Central State 8 are meeting today (Wednesday) to discuss the latest directive from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding its 20 percent of venue capacity for outdoor sports, including football.     The Central Illinois Conference AD’s are meeting Thursday to talk about the same issue.     The Sangamo…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BIG BLUE WOMEN CCIW CHAMPIONS

   For the first time since 2005, Millikin’s Big Blue women are celebrating their College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin basketball championship.     And as head coach Olivia Lett said during the celebration of the championship they’ll try not to think too much about what might have been since there is no NCAA Division III tournament…

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MAC ON SPORTS: IDPH REVISES FAN ATTENDANCE RULES

    As soon as the Illinois High School Association announced Monday afternoon that outdoor athletic events, i.e. football and boys soccer, can be increased from a total of 50 spectators to 20 percent venue capacity, I wrote each of the 12 athletic directors the Decatur Tribune for response on how their respective schools plan to…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ALAN HUSS BLUEJAYS INTERIM CREIGHTON COACH

    Alan Huss, who assisted Jeremy Moore at Eisenhower from 2003 to 2005  and who coached Decatur Christian to the Christian Schools national tournament with an international roster, served as Creighton’s interim head coach last Saturday after the university suspended head coach Greg McDermott for his “plantation” analogy.     Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen announced Thursday night (March…

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