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All the fights seen on the football field pale in comparison to those seen by Jimmy Wilson. Wilson was a key member on the semi-final team at Montana in the 2006 season. That following offseason saw him charged with manslaughter.
In the past three years, Wilson has gone from NFL hopeful to LA County inmate. After two trials, he is finally a free man and is hoping for one more season of college ball.
Here is a great article from Roman Stubbs of the Montana Kaimin
Something I overlooked over the past month was that PGE Park in Portland, OR will be going through some major renovations as the city is looking to get a Major League Soccer team in 2011. That is the good news also for the Portland State Vikings that share this stadium with the soccer club. The renovations are to bring the stadium up to date in terms of seating areas (which before was made for baseball), as well as many other updates. See the link below for the updates to the stadium.
I just saw this article about a team I cover in Eastern Washington. Former All-American and current NFL starter Michael Roos is donating $1/2 million for a new artificial turf in Cheney for the Eagles.
This sounds great as I know this stadium can get its natural grass surface torn up in the late fall. The only thing I am questioning is the color of RED.
Another West school in former Big Sky member Boise State has the blue turf and gets all sorts of attention
Having covered a couple of Western Illinois games in the past, I got to know Coach Don Patterson, at least a little bit. Coach Patterson definitely deserved better than he received. IMO I weighed in on a column on him last year after he began his recovery from cancer.
I agree with our old CSN friend Dave Coulson that WIU handled this situation about as poorly
Joining the blog world here at CSN. As most regular CSN readers now, I am the columnist for the West region of the FCS--the Big Sky, Great West, Missouri Valley, and Pioneer Football League.
I have been covering FCS football for the past six years or so. As most of fans, I believe this is the best level of play and has the best system of the playoffs of determining our champion.
As most will say, I am biased to my side of the country's teams. I will be trying