What we all hope, even with the current dire economic times, is that the IHSA football state finals provide the impetus for the next wave of Huskie Stadium renovations. The next capital campaign maybe? Even with the generous Bud and Joyce Nangle press box gift (estimated between high six figures and low seven figures in 2008), the project needs more external support. With Illinois State planning a $25 million renovation for its Hancock Stadium and rumored to be contemplating going from FCS to FBS in the near future, the football competition in-state at every level will only get more difficult. Get my drift?We noted, a year or so ago, Illinois State's ambitions to become the next Northern Illinois in football. It will take a bit of research to discover whether Illinois State have string quartet envy or steel band envy, or if there is circus envy somewhere in Northern Illinois.
ESCALATE THE POSITIONAL ARMS RACE.
Northern Illinois University gets to host the state high school football title games in odd-numbered years. That becomes occasion for the retired sports information director to argue that the existing press facilities and skyboxes are inadequate.