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Missouri Valley Football Conference votes to push season to spring

Southern Illinois University Saluki freshman running back, Romeir Elliot, runs for a touchdown on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, during the Salukis' 37-14 win against the Missouri State Bears in Carbondale.

By Tamar Mosby, Editor

August 8, 2020

On Friday, the Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council voted to push back the upcoming football season to spring of 2021 due to the continuing threat of COVID-19. Despite this delay, MVFC teams are permitted to play up to three non-conference games this fall. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker implements restrictions on recreational sports

The Pulliam Hall clocktower strikes 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

By Keaton Yates, Staff Reporter

July 29, 2020

As of July 29, Gov. J.B. Pritzker released a notice that fall sports in schools, excluding those at the professional and collegiate levels, will have restrictions and be regulated due to COVID-19.

MVC delays start of fall sports

Pulliam Hall towers over the Carbondale skyline on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

By Brooke Buerck, Editor

July 27, 2020

The Missouri Valley Conference announced Monday they are delaying the start of fall sports until Sept. 18. 

The show must go on: Fall sports to return but with restrictions

Junior wide receiver Jimmy Jones (20) waves the American flag Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, as the Salukis rush into the stadium Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 during the Salukis' match up against University of Northern Iowa Panthers. The Salukis fell to the Panthers , 24 - 17. (Dylan Nelson | @Dylan_Nelson99)

By Tamar Mosby, Editor

July 27, 2020

As spring flowers began to bloom, so did the coronavirus and with it came the disappearance of sports.  Four months later across the world, professional sports, like soccer and basketball, have resumed and now that the new semester is around the corner, we are seeing several universities announce their plans to participate in the 2020 fall athletic season.

“So Long, Farewell”: Athletes leaving men’s basketball program speak on their decisions to transfer

Junior guard Aaron Cook, right, holds on junior guard Brenden Gooch as the team celebrates on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, after the Salukis' 70-62 win against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers at SIU arena.

By Tamar Mosby and Brooke Buerck

April 20, 2020

After a 16-16 (10-8 MVC) finish to their 2019-2020 season under first year head coach Bryan Mullins, the Saluki men’s basketball team will have more than a handful of new faces when they return next winter. Along with senior guard Eric McGill and graduate students Barret Benson and Ronnie Suggs Jr. exhausting their NCAA eligibility this past season, five members of the team have announced their decisions to transfer schools following the end of the season. These surprising transfer announcements are the most SIU has seen since March of 2015, when five Saluki players requested transfers from Head Coach Barry Hinson.

SIU says yes to offering extended eligibility following NCAA’s decision

SIU says yes to offering extended eligibility following NCAA’s decision

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

April 5, 2020

Southern Illinois University department of athletics has decided to offer its spring sport student-athletes, including seniors, one additional year of eligibility to compete following the NCAA Division I Council’s announcement on March 30.

MVC suspends all competition until March 30

The Missouri Valley Conference, Hoops in the Heartland woman's basketball tournament, has been cancelled at the Moline TaxSlayer Center due to Covid-19 concerns on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

The Missouri Valley Conference is suspending all conference competition, including the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament this weekend, in an effort to contain the coronavirus according to an announcement Thursday afternoon. 

Saluki WBB falls to Valpo on Senior Day

Southern Illinois Salukis guard Makenzie Silvey and Valparaiso Crusaders guard/forward Grace Hales fight for a loose ball on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, during the Southern Illinois Salukis' 87-65 win over the Valparaiso Crusaders at SIU Arena.

By Brooke Buerck, Sports Reporter

March 7, 2020

Up until the fourth quarter, neither Southern Illinois nor Valparaiso held more than a four point lead, but within the last 10 minutes the Crusaders made a final push to seal the game. Valpo used a buzzer-beater 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter and a 23-14 run in the fourth to take the 69-58 win over the Salukis for their last home game of the season.

Arch Sadness: Salukis fall in heart-breaker to Bradley

Ronnie Suggs Jr. (left) shows support for Lance Jones (right) against Bradley as the  Salukis would go onto lose 59-64 to Bradley on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO.

By Tamar Mosby, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

A three-point conversion play from Bradley was the dagger that ended SIU’s 2019-2020 season. The Salukis held a commanding lead over the Braves coming out of the halftime break, but the offensive efforts from the Peoria team in the final minutes of the game proved to be detrimental to Southern allowing Bradey to steal the lead and take the win, 64-59.

Salukis defeat Loyola with a 17 point win

Southern Illinois Saluki number 12 guard, Makenzie Silvey, goes for a basket during the Sunday afternoon game against the Evansville Purple Aces. The game ended 99 to 60 with SIU taking the win on February 23, 2020 at the SIU Banterra Center.

By Janae Mosby, Sports Reporter

March 5, 2020

The Salukis ended their two game losing streak this evening with a win against Loyola University. Southern Illinois (16-12 MVC 8-9) took the lead in the first half and Loyola (15-13 MVC 6-11) could close the gap.

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