Football Banquet January 15th at 2:00 pm

The Fighting Scots Football Banquet will be held on Sunday, January 25th at 2:00 pm. It will be held in the Main Dining Room of the Stockdale Center. Click on the link below for the invitation with the portion to be mailed in along with your check.

Ticket prices are $8.50 per person.  You will be able to purchase your ticket(s) at the Stockdale Center the day of the banquet.  The players’ meals will be charged to their meal card so you need not include them in your reservation.   Please return the portion below or give us a call at the athletic office (309-457-2176) so we may finalize the banquet plans.  We would appreciate knowing by January 21, 2015 how many people are planning to attend.

Football banquet invitation 2014

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Braun to Lead Scots Football

 

      MONMOUTH, Ill. – Longtime assistant Chad Braun will become the 31st head coach in the 122-year history of Monmouth College football.

      Braun will take the reins after serving as the defensive coordinator since 2000. Braun will continue to direct the defense in his new role.

      Under Braun’s direction, the Scots’ defensive units have been known as a swarming, hard-hitting group. During his tenure, the defense has rewritten Monmouth’s modern-era record book and been among the nation’s leaders in numerous categories, including turnover margin, interceptions, pass defense efficiency and total defense. In 2014, the Scots’ defense led the Midwest Conference in nearly every defensive category, including total defense (280.5 ypg) and interceptions (21).

      “This is a job I’ve always dreamed of,” said Braun of being named the head coach. “There’s no other place I’d rather be than at Monmouth. There are a lot of people to thank for this opportunity. My family has been very supportive and the administration at Monmouth is showing their faith and trust in me to continue the great tradition of Monmouth football.”

A 15-year veteran of the coaching staff, Braun is quickly building his supporting staff. He projects much to remain the same on the field.

“We’re planning on retaining as many members of the coaching staff as we can,” said Braun. “My top priority is to take care of the offensive side of the ball. As a defensive guy, I’ll stay with my strength. Obviously, we’ll need to replace an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks and receivers coach. We’ll still run a fast-tempo, no-huddle offense. That won’t change. It will be the same on defense – we’ll be physical and disciplined. Fighting Scots football will be fun to watch.”

Braun has been a key part of the program that has won four conference titles and made four NCAA Tournament appearances since 2005. That success made for a short search process.

“When the head coach position became open this past week, we discussed whether or not to undertake a national search,” explained Monmouth President Clarence Wyatt. “We carefully considered all of the aspects and decided that the person we wanted to lead our football program was already here. Over his 15 years at Monmouth College, Chad Braun has displayed the qualities that we want in our head football coach – a person of integrity, a dedicated educator, a great role model, a skilled coach, and a highly effective recruiter.

“Chad and his wife Jen are both valued members of our community,” continued Wyatt. “I am grateful to Chad for taking on this new responsibility, and I am confident that he will make our football program an even more integral and successful part of the overall mission of Monmouth College.”

Braun’s dedication to excellence, both on the field and in the classroom, is obvious according to MC director of athletics Roger Haynes.

      “Coach Braun has a definite passion for the game and for Monmouth College,” said Roger Haynes. “Over the past 15 years, he has proven himself to be a hard-working coach, fully committed to Monmouth and to the improvement of his players on and off the field. Coach Braun will provide a seamless transition for the players and give us an immediate direction for the future of the program.”

      Braun received his undergraduate degree from Illinois College where he was also an all-conference performer. He earned his master’s degree in physical education/sports management from Western Illinois University. Braun and his wife, Jen, a lecturer in the college’s kinesiology department, reside in Monmouth with their four children.

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Championship Weekend is Here

Below is the line up for championship weekend. I have added the current respective strength of schedule in (_) following the schools name. Monmouth’s strength of schedule was as high as 7th among the 246 DIII football programs.

Macalester College (216) at Illinois College (173)
Carroll University (53) at Monmouth College (33)
St. Norbert College (30) at Cornell College (141)
Ripon College (36) at Lake Forest College (62)
Lawrence University (224) at Grinnell College (187)
Beloit College (74) at Knox College (210)

For Carroll University’s Take on Saturday’s Game click on this link

  • Carroll University is Currently 8-1 and 4-1 in conference play. There only loss was to Macalester
  • This year game will be the 17th meeting. Monmouth leads the Series 12-5
  • Carroll Preseason Ranking was 135th/Monmouth 114th
  • They ended last season ranked 140th  in offense/Monmouth 42nd
  • They ended last season ranked 66th in total defense/Monmouth 127th
  • They return 13 Starters (6 offense, 5 defense, 2 Specialist)/Monmouth 18 (8 Offense, 8 Defense, 2 Special)

Here are the Conference Rankings.

Carroll University

Monmouth College

Scoring Offense

2

3

Scoring Defense

1

3

Total Offense

2

3

Total Defense

3

2

Rushing Offense

2

4

Rushing Defense

6

2

Pass Offense

2

6

Pass Defense

1

3

Turnover Margin

3

7

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Knox Game Preview

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  • The first game of this series occurred in 1888.
  • This year’s game will be the 126th meeting.
  • Monmouth leads the series with 66 wins.
  • The last Knox victory came in 1998
  • Knox Preseason Ranking was 223rd
  • Knox ended last season ranked 214th  in total offense
  • Knox ended last season ranked 172nd in total defense
  • Knox return 14 Starters (7 offense, 6 defense, 1 Specialist)
  • They are 2-6 with wins over Eureka and Lawerence

Knox Roster

Knox Statistics

Saturday’s Hourly Weather

Monmouth Roster

Monmouth Stats

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Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to the Flynn Family

We lost one of our own this week. Timothy Flynn father of Tight End Jimmy Flynn (#84) passed away Sunday. His visitation will be Thursday in Bloomington, IL from 3-8 PM. If you would like to leave a message for the family click on the link below.

Timothy Flynn

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Grinnell Game Preview

  • This year’s game will be the 66th meeting. First game was in 1898!
  • Grinnell is currently 2-5 with victories over Knox and Lawrence
  • Monmouth leads the series 41-21-3, Last Grinnell victory was in 2012
  • Grinnell Preseason Ranking was 202nd/Monmouth 114th
  • They ended last season ranked 237th in offense/Monmouth 42nd
  • They ended last season ranked 193rd in total defense/Monmouth 127th
  • They return 13 Starters (7 offense, 5 defense, 1 Specialist)/Monmouth 18 (8 Offense, 8 Defense, 2 Special)
  • Click below for hourly game day weather forecast

Saturday’s Hourly Forecast

Grinnell Roster

Grinnell  Stats

Monmouth Roster

Monmouth Stats

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Cornell Game Preview

  • This year’s game will be the 71st meeting.
  • Cornell is currently 4-1 with victories over Grinnell, Ripon, Knox and St Norbert
  • Cornell leads the series 39-30-1, Last Cornell victory was in 2013
  • Cornell Preseason Ranking was 137th/Monmouth 114th
  • They ended last season ranked 41st in offense/Monmouth 42nd
  • They ended last season ranked 51st in total defense/Monmouth 127th
  • They return 16 Starters (9 offense, 6 defense, 1 Specialist)/Monmouth 18 (8 Offense, 8 Defense, 2 Special)
  • Click below for hourly game day weather forecast

Saturday’s Hourly Forecast

Cornell Roster

Cornell  Stats

Monmouth Roster

Monmouth Stats

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Lake Forest Tailgating Policy

  • We have been assigned to tailgate spot #2 on the attached campus map
  • Tailgating Cannot Begin until 11:00AM (2 hours prior to game time)
  • Tailgating must be complete NLT 90 minutes after the game
  • Tailgating Polices are below

Tailgating Policy

Campus Map (1)

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Lake Forest Game Preview

  • The first game of this series occurred in 1908.
  • This year game will be the 48th meeting.
  • Monmouth leads the series with 26 wins.
  • The last Lake Forest victory came in 2013
  • Lake Forest’s Preseason Ranking was 94th
  • They ended last season ranked 234th  in total offense
  • They ended last season ranked 20th in total defense
  • They return 12 Starters (6 offense, 4 defense, 2 Specialists)

Driving Directions 

Campus Map

Lake Forest Preferred Hotels

Roster

Saturday’s Hourly Forecast

Schedule/Results

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Illinois College versus Monmouth College Conference Rankings

Here are the Rankings through week five.

Illinois College

Monmouth College

Scoring Offense

1

3

Scoring Defense

10

3

Total Offense

1

2

Total Defense

6

2

Rushing Offense

4

1

Rushing Defense

9

4

Pass Offense

1

8

Pass Defense

9

4

Turnover Margin

7

1

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