Eastern Illinois’ players probably aren’t in a big rush to watch game tape of last night loss to Minnesota. There were blunders aplenty, a EIU LB giving a “tap” to an opposing player’s groin, and then there’s this Sportscenter Top 10 play that EIU happened to be on the wrong side of.
Seriously, I can’t stop watching it.
It’s still a few weeks away for every school, but normally, homecoming is all about your school. Your team, your alumni, your band. Tennessee State has one of the best band’s in the business, but they’ve made a request of their homecoming opponent, Florida A&M: Bring your band too. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Tennessee State University has three offers on the table in an attempt to have FAMU’s Marching 100 band perform at the Tigers’ homecoming game.
They’re even willing to pay part of the $60,000 cost of transporting the band to Nashville. So far, attempts have been unsuccessful.
This isn’t an indictment of TSU’s band in the least. FAMU’s is equally awesome, and getting to see both bands would be a treat for TSU’s homecoming crowd. It’s just not something you hear very often.
Tonight’s Jacksonville State – Michigan State game isn’t just the season opener, it’s a trip home for JSU assistant coach Nick Williams. Williams spent the first 12 years of his life in East Lansing. His dad — coached there, as an assistant for many years, and then a head coach from 2000-02.
“It was a struggle when things weren’t going well for the Michigan State football team,” Nick Williams told the paper. “You got a lot of negativity from your friends and peers. That was the toughest move I’ve had, leaving Michigan, because that was home to me.”
Williams says he hasn’t been back to East Lansing in over a decade.