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Western Illinois Leathernecks

Western Illinois Leathernecks
NameWestern Illinois Leathernecks
UniversityWestern Illinois University
ConferenceThe Summit League
DivisionDivision I
DirectorTim Van Alstine
StadiumHanson Field
ArenaWestern Hall
PagenameOfficial Athletics Website

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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 (formerly Division I-AA) 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.

Despite the military-sounding nature of the name, the mascot used is actually a canine, not a Marine, making WIU one of the three major state universities to employ a dog as its mascot (the others being the SIU Salukis and the NIU Huskies).

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