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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

One-year hiatus for ISU's spring game          Send a link to a friend

[March 20, 2007]  NORMAL -- Due to the turf replacement at Hancock Stadium and the uncertainty of April weather in central Illinois, the Illinois State Athletics Department has opted to cancel the annual Red-White spring football game this year.

"Since we will be practicing on our grass field, I didn't want to have a situation where the date of the spring game is upon us and we weren't ready for that point," said head coach Denver Johnson. "We have 15 practices available during the spring, and if the weather doesn't cooperate, we might be in camp later than April 21.

"Whether we finish camp on April 21 or later, there will be a final scrimmage, and our fans are more than welcome to come out and support the Redbirds. It just won't be the same event that it has been in the past, due to the unknown."

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The Redbird Raffle, where the winners have been decided during the spring game in years past, will still be conducted this year. The drawing this year will take place at a to-be determined Illinois State home softball game.

The Redbirds, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, are scheduled to begin spring practice on March 30. Daily practice reports and news will be available on throughout the 15-practice session.

[Text from file received from Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations, Illinois State University]

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