HISTORY OF NUICFOOTBALL.COM:
Kyle decided to make overall season predictions for all of the teams within the NUIC conference - just for fun. That first year, he simply wrote his projections on a chalkboard and posted it to Facebook along with sporadic updates for those that may be interested. The predictions didn't stop at the regular season, but continued throughout the playoffs.
After receiving many requests, Kyle once again made his chalkboard predictions. With the addition of Shane's knowledge and passion, the facebook postings became much more frequent and focused. All during the season, the duo received requests to start a website and share their thoughts on football in the NUIC conference.
The website was established as well as the NUICFF social media pages and YouTube channel. The NUICFF crew was also granted sideline access by the hosting schools to bring accurate statistics and game photography to the viewers. We had the opportunity to travel to Champaign, IL and cover an NUIC state champion in our 1st year of NUICFF, the Forreston Cardinals, and look forward to continuing our efforts of showcasing our great conference state wide.
We looked to grow and expand the area coverage - and we did just that! We almost doubled our following in our 2nd year - which assisted us to better showcase the fantastic athletes, coaching staffs, and football our great conference has to offer. The IHSA again allowed us sideline and press box access to cover our 2nd straight NUIC State Championship team, the Le-Win Panthers, in DeKalb, IL.
The 2018 offseason kept the staff busy keeping up with the coaching carousel and increased conversations of 8-man football that will change the landscape of the NUIC in 2019. This year also allowed us to dabble in journalism, as we wrote a weekly column published in two local papers. For our 3rd straight year, we were able to provide coverage of yet another NUIC state champion, the Forreston Cardinals, as we covered the first ever conference 3-peat in NUIC history!
In 2019, we will see the first exit of schools heading to 8-man football, and another will leave for a co-op in 2019. We also learned that the IHSA has plans for a district format that will start in 2021. The teams in our conference are not the only ones making changes. One of our co-founders, Shane, stepped away, but Kyle pulled Kari from behind the camera to keep the show on the road. We have also enlisted several additional journalists to help out with coverage. We were able to cover our 4th consecutive NUIC State Championship team, with Le-Win bringing the title back from DeKalb once again.
The 2020 season took an unexpected turn as COVID-19 spread across the country leaving everyone in a generational pause. With states being allowed to govern in their best interest for safety, Illinois determined it would be best to use tiers and phases to reduce the risk. With this decision, sports were shut down at the school level and moved to the spring of 2021. Games will be played between March and April with no playoff tournament.
We will see another fallout of football schools moving to 8-man, as the NUIC will shift from 2 divisions back to 1 conference with 10 teams in it. This shift will see the Fulton Steamers join the conference in the 2021/2022 season. The I8FA will feature 7 NUIC teams in a North and South split of the league.