Special teams set to kick off

Saluki football’s offense and defense will have new coordinators this season, and the story is very much the same for special teams. Coach Keith Murphy will take over the special teams along with the tight ends. This is Murphy’s first year with the ... Continue Reading →
Senior kicker Thomas Kinney was named to the All-Missouri Valley
Football Conference second-team and the All-MVFC newcomer
team for the 2013 season. Kinney ranked second in the conference
in field goals made with 18 out of 24 attempts during the 2013
season. He also tallied a career-best 52-yard field goal which tied
for second longest in the Football Championship Subdivision.
CHRIS ZOELLER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Kicks with wind prove to be tough

Kicker is the only position in football I would allow my frail body to play at any level beyond the pee-wee league.  Senior kicker Thomas Kinney said he’s been hit in games before, which made me reconstruct that statement, but did not stop me from ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore widereceiver Billy Reed, left, and senior cornerback
Brandon Willingham run drills during a morning spring practice
March 28 at Saluki Stadium. SIU will scrimmage Saturday morning
at Saluki Stadium.
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Saluki defense will return nine starters

The Saluki defense showcased its talent at full speed for the first time this spring.  SIU football is through its first week in full pads and Coach Dale Lennon said practice has gone well since the team has gone to full contact drills. “It’s been ... Continue Reading →
Coach Dale Lennon leads the Saluki football team in drills during an early morning spring practice March 28 at Saluki
Stadium. Lennon said he’s excited about the offensive players that are returning for the upcoming season. “We feel good
about the back field,” Lennon said. “With Malcolm Agnew and Ken Malcome I think you have two quality running backs
that you can establish the run game with.”
JENNIFER GONZALEZ · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis run into spring practice

   Saluki football opens spring practice When the lights of Saluki Stadium shine down on a dew soaked football field, it can only mean one thing. Football has returned to Carbondale. Saluki football opened its spring season last Monday with early ... Continue Reading →

Saluki football builds strength with local talent

SIU did not have to travel far to find players it would need to boost its 2014 offense. On signing day, SIU gained 18 freshmen for the 101st season of Saluki football. Of the 18, four will have the convenience of playing football for their local university. SIU ... Continue Reading →
Carolyn Middleton, of Marion, laughs with Darlene Shannon, of Carbondale, Tuesday as they were named
with fellow cancer survivors during halftime of the “Go Pink” game. The two met three years ago at a
SIU men’s basketball game and have kept in touch since. More than $7,000 was raised from jersey sales.
SARAH SCHNEIDER · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis ‘Go Pink’ for breast cancer

Sports teams worldwide are raising breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. SIU men’s basketball is now a part of that group. SIU Arena traded in its usual maroon for a more festive pink Tuesday night in honor of “Go Pink” night. The Salukis, in ... Continue Reading →

Saluki football acquires big class on National Signing Day

Head football coach Dale Lennon was able to get 28 players on National Signing Day. Of the 28 players set to join the program, 14 were on the offensive side of the ball. Lennon said he has a lot of confidence in the roster, which attributes to the balance ... Continue Reading →

Salukis bring in four transfers

After a disappointing season, the Saluki football team has been hiring new staff as well as bringing in four transfers to help right the ship. SIU added depth on both sides of the football. The team added a quarterback and an offensive lineman on offense ... Continue Reading →

Defensive coordinator leaves for North Dakota

Saluki football’s Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert has been named the new head football coach at University of North Dakota. Schweigert was the defensive coordinator at SIU from 2008 to 2013 and has been the associate head coach since 2009. “It is truly ... Continue Reading →
Head coach Dale Lennon, front, leads the Salukis onto the field Sept. 21 before taking on Southeast Missouri State University at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Salukis, who tied for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with an overall record of 7-5 and were 5-3 in conference play, were not selected to advance into the Football Championship Subdivision playoff bracket. During a press conference following the bracket announcement, Lennon expressed frustration about missing the playoffs once again. “We know we are a playoff caliber team,” he said. We know if we had made the playoffs, we could make some noise and advance.”
CHRIS ZOELLER | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis’ season brought lasting memories

The SIU football team may not have accomplished its goal of reaching the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but that does not take away from how unforgettable the season was. From the anticipation of pulling off a University of Illinois upset ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Tay Willis is brought down by an Illinois State University
defender Nov. 16 during the Salukis’ 24-17 win over the Redbirds at Saluki Stadium.
The Salukis defeated the Indiana State University Sycamores 31-9 Saturday,
limiting the Sycamores to just 55 total offensive yards, which tied for the fourth
lowest output ever against SIU. With the Football Championship Subdivision
Selection Committee only taking North Dakota State University and South Dakota
State University from the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Salukis have not
reached the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.
LEWIS MARIEN | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Despite conference wins, Salukis shut out of FCS playoffs

  After a 31-9 drubbing of Indiana State University Saturday afternoon, the SIU football team had hopes to qualify for the Football Championship Series playoffs come selection time. That case fell by the wayside Sunday morning as the FCS Selection ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Malcolm Agnew carries the ball Saturday during the Salukis’ 24-17 win over the Illinois State University Redbirds at Saluki Stadium. Agnew and junior running back Ken Malcome combined for 126 rushing yards on 28 carries that led to a 14-0 second half shutout for SIU. The Salukis will play their last regular season game Saturday against the Indiana State University Sycamores in Terre Haute, Ind.
LEWIS MARIEN | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Salukis still have work to do in Terre Haute

  Saturday may be the last game of the regular season, and at this point, the Salukis are on the outside looking in in terms of making the playoffs, but that does not mean the team has nothing to play for. Coach Dale Lennon believes there is a chance ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Ken Malcome reaches in for a touchdown Saturday against the Illinois State Redbirds at Saluki Stadium to put SIU up 23-17. A successful field goal was
the last point of the day for an SIU win, 24-17. Malcome had 58 rushing yards on 16 carries. SIU will close regular season play at 1 p.m. Saturday against the Indiana State
Sycamores in Terre Haute, Ind.
LEWIS MARIEN | DAILY EGYPTIAN

Second half seals Saluki win

  The seniors got exactly what they wished for Saturday afternoon at Saluki Stadium, along with a sliver of hope that the SIU football team can claw its way into the playoffs. It may have been senior day, but a pair of freshmen helped propel the ... Continue Reading →
Seniors John Lantz, left, and Kory Faulkner watch from the sidelines Saturday during the SIU game against Missouri State University. Lantz and Faulkner have lived together since their freshman year at SIU.
Sarah Gardner | THE WEEKENDER

Senior duo uses football to create lasting friendship

Saturday marks the last time 17 seniors will sport their Saluki maroon and step onto the turf of Saluki Stadium to go into battle in front of the crazed fans who breathe Saluki football. When two freshmen stepped on that field five years ago, neither ... Continue Reading →
Junior tight end
MyCole Pruitt is
tackled by Missouri
State University
defenders Saturday
during the Salukis’
37-27 loss at Saluki
Stadium. Pruitt, who
suffered a fractured
tibia during
Saturday’s game, will
miss the remainder
of the 2013 season.
Pruitt ranks second
in the nation with
601 receiving yards
among tight ends.
CHRIS ZOELLER
DAILY EGYPTIAN

Pruitt out for season with leg injury

The SIU football team suffered another loss Tuesday when the team announced that junior tight end MyCole Pruitt would miss the remainder of the season with a fractured tibia. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of SIU’s 37-27 loss against Missouri ... Continue Reading →
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