David Perkins, the former Ohio State linebacker perhaps best known for tackling Brutus Buckeye and was the subject of rumors and ultimately a confirmed arrest while on a visit to Bowling Green, is set to resume his education at Illinois State, a source tells Land-Grant Holy Land. Perkins was said to be also considering Bowling Green and Northern Illinois.
The Illinois State football program is under the guise of Brock Spack, the fifth year coach and former Purdue defensive coordinator under Joe Tiller. Spack interviewed to be Joe Tiller's replacement but ultimate successor Danny Hope would get the gig due to his prior head coaching experience. In each of Spack's previous four seasons, the Redbirds have had winning records competing in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Last year Illinois state went 9-4, finishing third in the MVFC behind ultimate national champions North Dakota State. ISU did defeat perennial FCS darlings Appalachian State 38-37 in overtime of the FCS Playoffs before losing in the quarterfinals to Eastern Washington. Perkins, who has three years of eligibility remaining, is eligible to play immediately due to the switch from FBS to FCS.