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 →

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.”

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 →

Behind the sidelines

Working day-to-night shifts seven days a week, taping body parts and monitoring athlete’s health, the SIU athletic trainers devote an enormous amount of time to keeping athletes healthy. Trainers must not only be on call during the season, but work ... 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.

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 →
SIU alumnus and Liberty Wealth Management owner Joel Sambursky poses for a portrait Tuesday in his office on Reed Station Parkway. Sambursky, a former football star, holds the Saluki record for most passing yards and rushing yards for a quarterback.
Alexa Rogals | THE WEEKENDER

Sambursky remains humble after great achievements

Alumnus Joel Sambursky has gone from football field to boardroom during his time in Carbondale. Sambursky, 31, is a big name in SIU football, holding the school record in most passing yards and most rushing yards for a quarterback. He is now a member ... Continue Reading →

O-line thrives despite injuries

An offensive line’s job is not to be in the spotlight. A great offensive lineman steps his size 13 cleats into the trenches and has two jobs to do — keep his quarterback on his feet and open up running lanes for the backs. The quarterback and running ... Continue Reading →
Junior running back Tay Willis holds off a Youngstown State University defender Sept. 28 during the Salukis’ 28-27 loss at
Saluki Stadium. Willis has tallied 272 total rushing yards and 138 total receiving yards this season for the Salukis. SIU will
travel to Macomb, Ill., Saturday to take on Western Illinois University at Hanson Field.

Salukis need players to step up beside West

Throw him to the wolves. This was coach Dale Lennon’s response to how he would prepare redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West for the possibility of the teams’ excessive pressure based on his lack of experience. “That’s the only way to see if ... Continue Reading →
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan West
makes a short pass to junior running back
Tay Willis Saturday during the Salukis’
31-10 loss to North Dakota State University
at Saluki Stadium. West entered the
game in the third quarter after starting
quarterback Kory Faulkner sustained
an injury to his throwing hand. After an
examination revealed on Monday that
Faulkner fractured his right index finger
and would be out indefinitely, Saluki
Athletics announced that West would be
making his first start Nov. 2 at Western
Illinois University. In three appearances this
season, West has thrown 108 yards and has
completed two touchdown passes.

Bye week comes just in time for Salukis

Some may think the Salukis’ playoff chances were fractured along with senior quarterback Kory Faulkner’s index finger, but the Salukis are right where they want to be. The team may have lost Saturday’s game and starting quarterback, but there’s ... Continue Reading →
Sophomore safety Anthony Thompson, center, and junior defensive end Kitray Solomon, right, tackle North Dakota State University
junior running back John Crockett Saturday during the Salukis’ 31-10 Homecoming loss at Saluki Stadium. Crockett rushed for a careerhigh
171 yards and had three touchdowns for the Bison. The North Dakota defense allowed SIU 227 total offensive yards while its offense
tallied 504 total yards, outscoring SIU 24-0 in the second half. The Salukis’, who are on a bye week, travel to Macomb Nov. 2 to take on
Western Illinois University at Hanson Field.

Bison stampede through Salukis

The SIU football team gave the Homecoming crowd of more than 11,000 fans something to cheer about as SIU built a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter. However, North Dakota State University scored 31 unanswered points to quiet the crowd and come ... Continue Reading →

Saluki Football hits the 100-year mark

ASHLEY HOLSHOUSER | For the Daily Egyptian Fans both old and new are celebrating the 100th year of Saluki football. The many coaches that have come and gone and the legends that were made on the field are being celebrated this Saluki football season. ... Continue Reading →

Former SIU quarterback finds new dog house

Du Quoin native Nick Hill has worn more than one team color since the Saluki maroon and now sports the black and white of the Carbondale Community High School Terriers. On July 18, Hill was named head football coach for the high school. Hill stepped in ... Continue Reading →

Distinguished pilot alumnus leads homecoming parade

The first African American quarterback to wear the Saluki maroon, and first African American captain for United Airlines will be the grand marshal for the 2013 homecoming parade. William Norwood, originally from Centralia, received his bachelor’s degree ... Continue Reading →
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