Mac On Sports

MAC ON SPORTS: IHSA ATHLETICS STILL ‘ON-PAUSE’

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors announced this afternoon (Wednesday, Jan. 13) that all IHSA sports not operating under an official IHSA season calendar may begin to conduct contact days as soon as they are allowable per Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) mitigations and local school guidance.  Contact days normally exist…

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MAC ON SPORTS: AFTER MEETING, ALL IHSA SPORTS ON HOLD

         All Illinois High School Association sports remain on pause at the moment. Low risk sports may not begin until the state returns to Phase 4 in the All Sports Policy.      The IHSA Board of Directors are scheduled to meet Wednesday, January 13.      “Our Board of Directors is going to have difficult decisions to…

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MAC ON SPORTS: CCIW WILL PLAY WINTER SPORTS

    The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) announced this afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 7) its winter 2021 competition schedules in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, women’s bowling and wrestling. Men’s & women’s basketball are slated to begin a CCIW-only…

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MAC ON SPORTS: MEETING TRYING TO BE SCHEDULED

Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz has indicated he is trying to get a meeting set up prior to next Wednesday’s Illinois High School Association’s Board of Directors meeting.  “We do not have confirmation of a meeting as I send this update.”     IHSA officials continue to push for a meeting with state officials as the IHSA Board of Directors…

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MAC ON SPORTS: ILLINOIS WON’T HAVE FAR TO TRAVEL FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT

      When the NCAA men’s tournament convenes in mid-March, Illinois won’t have far to travel as the organization today announced all games will be played in Indiana. The greater Indianapolis area will host the entire 2021 men’s NCAA Tournament.  CBS Sports first reported the news of the venues to be used for the 68-team,…

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MAC ON SPORTS: CENTRAL A&M RAIDERS’ COACH SMITH TO RESIGN

    Provided there is a season, the 2020-21 year will be Rob Smith’s last as Central A&M’s boys basketball head coach.     While Smith has resigned as basketball coach, he will remain there as one of Brent Weakly’s football assistants for the time being and as a teacher.     Smith said he is not…

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MAC ON SPORTS: IDPH DIRECTOR WILL NOT BE SITTING DOWN ANYTIME SOON WITH IHSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

         In a recent interview, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nogzi Ezike said she would not be sitting down anytime soon with Illinois High School Association executive director Craig Anderson.      Anderson several weeks ago requested such a meeting with IDPH and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s representatives, but Ezike said she didn’t see any reason…

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MAC ON SPORTS: BIELEMA IS NEW ILLINI COACH

      Bret Bielema is the new Illinois football head coach, Illinois Athletics Director Josh Whitman announced this morning (Saturday, Dec. 19).  He becomes the 26th Fighting Illini Head Football Coach in the 132-year history of the program.      “Illinois and the Big Ten is home for me, and I can’t be any more excited about…

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MAC ON SPORTS: STANFORD OLYMPIA JOINS SANGAMO

      Maroa-Forsyth’s Athletics Director Phil Applebee offered these comments after it was announced that Stanford Olympic will join the Sangamo Conference in 2022-23 when Virden North Mac leaves.      “While we are sad to see North Mac move to another conference, Maroa-Forsyth is very excited to bring a school like Olympia High School to…

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