Western Illinois Leathernecks

 The Western Illinois Leathernecks are the teams and athletes that represent Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I sports. The school's primary conference affiliation is with The Summit League; its football team is a member of the Division I FCS Missouri Valley Football Conference. Since the fall semester of 2009, the men's and women's teams have been unified under the Leathernecks name; previously, the women's teams and athletes at the school had been known as the Westerwinds.

WIU's nickname, the Leathernecks, and its mascot, the English bulldog, are taken from the traditions of the United States Marine Corps. The university has had permission to use the official nickname and mascot of the Corps since 1927, when Ray Hanson, then-athletic director and coach of the baseball, basketball and football teams, gained permission to use the symbols as a homage to his service in that military branch during World War I. Western Illinois University is the only non-military university to use a military nickname. WIU is also one of the three major state universities in Illinois to employ a dog as its mascot.


Wisconsin Badgers vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks 09/06/2014 11:00AM
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison
Sports
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Western Illinois Leathernecks 09/20/2014 TBA
Ryan Field, Evanston
Sports

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