Illinois State AD Larry Lyons excited about Redbirds' future

Illinois State AD Larry Lyons excited about Redbirds' future
July 21, 2014, 9:00 pm
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CSN Staff

Illinois State athletic director Larry Lyons is excited about the Redbirds' future in athletics.

And you'll be able to watch some of it on Comcast SportsNet.

The university and CSN announced Monday an agreement that will put the Redbirds on the air four times this upcoming season. Those game include the home opener against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 6, the Mid-America Classic against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 13, a road contest against Indiana State on Oct. 11 and the season finale against rival Southern Illinois on Nov. 22.

"We're very excited about the partnership. It's something our fans have wanted and our alumni have wanted for a long time, is to get more football exposure," "And we're thrilled that Comcast has partnered with us and we're able to bring those games and hopefully we can expand the package down the road."

Added head coach Brock Spack, on the importance of TV exposure: "It helps a lot. We had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country a year ago, and a majority of those kids came from this area. It obviously helps a great deal."

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The Redbirds have put together a 33-24 record in five seasons under Spack, including a playoff win against Appalachian State two years ago that marked their first FCS NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006.

And both Lyons and Spack believe the program is headed in the right direction.

"We think we've got the right guy in the right position. In our conference, with North Dakota State winning the national championship three years in a row it can be done out of the Missouri Valley football league, and Brock is committed to putting a championship team on the field," Lyons said. "We just have to get into the playoffs. Get in the playoffs and some good things can happen. And we're very confident that we have a chance to do that."

Added Spack: "I think this is a team that'll be scary good if they put it all together. We might be a year away yet, but this team, if they jell quickly could be a team that's a contender."