ROCKFORD — This week’s installment of the Rockford Register Star’s weekly sports podcast "Not Just a Game," hosted by sports writer Jay Taft, spotlights Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack, a former Rockford football star in his own right, and James Robinson’s former head coach.


Robinson, a star running back at Lutheran and then ISU, wasn’t drafted during last week’s NFL draft, but he was quickly signed to a free-agent contract by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night. Spack gives his thoughts on that process, as well as what to expect from the ISU Redbirds football team. He also gives some insight on what it’s like to be the coach of a college football program during a pandemic.


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Last Friday’s "Not Just a Game" podcast focused on three high school seniors who would have been taking part in a spring sport, but were instead waiting to find out if there would be a season at all.


In case you missed it, here’s that one...



"Not Just a Game" can be found at rrstar.com/sports. Or you can get the latest episode by subscribing for free to "From the Newsroom: Rockford Register Star" wherever you listen to podcasts.


These episodes were produced and edited by multimedia journalist Scott P. Yates.


Jay Taft: jtaft@rrstar.com; @JayTaft