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NCAA allows student athletes to demonstrate social justice on jerseys

Sophomore cheerleader Alaysia Brandy kneels behind Saluki Shakers during the national anthem Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, during the Salukis' loss to the SIU Edwardville Cougars at SIU Arena. A recent change in protocol put into place by SIU Athletics has removed the cheerleaders from the playing surface of sporting events during the national anthem. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Janae Mosby, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

The NCAA announced on Jul. 30 their approval of allowing student-athletes in all sports to wear patches on their uniforms to support social justice issues. The panel met on a videoconference where they decided that patches can be worn on the front and back of athletes’ uniforms. 

Looking ahead: Saluki MBB continues to prepare for upcoming season

Sophomore guard Aaron Cook goes for a slam dunk Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, during the Salukis' 69-64 win against the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars at SIU Arena. (Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Ryan Scott, Staff Reporter

August 31, 2020

Since their return to practice on July 28, Saluki men’s basketball has continued to work towards a successful winter season. According to SIU men’s basketball head coach Bryan Mullins, currently the team is allowed to practice for eight hours each week under NCAA guidelines for pre-season practices. 

Sports during the pandemic: An inside look at Saluki fall teams’ plans moving forward

Sports during the pandemic: An inside look at Saluki fall teams' plans moving forward

By Janae Mosby, Madison Taylor, Staff Reporters

August 28, 2020

The MVC announced on Aug. 14 that all fall sports competitions will be pushed back to spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern’s football, volleyball, soccer and cross country teams have all postponed their fall competition until spring semester. 

Saluki Athletics discusses past response to student-athlete’s kneeling protests

Sophomore psychology major Ariahn Hunt, left, and sophomore pre-med major Alaysia Brandy, both of Chiacgo, kneel during the national anthem Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 before the Saluki's matchup against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers  at Saluki Stadium. (Brian Mu–oz | @BrianMMunoz)

By Janae Mosby, Staff Reporter

August 15, 2020

The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police has sparked conversation concerning the issues these cheerleaders and other athletes knelt for once again, as individuals worldwide have taken to the streets to protest police brutality.

MVC postpones fall sports indefinitely; Saluki football competitions for fall cancelled

Saluki running back Javon Williams Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 during the Salukis' 35-10 win against the Youngstown State Penguins.

By Brooke Buerck, Editor

August 14, 2020

The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Aug. 14 an indefinite postponement of Conference seasons and championships due to the ongoing pandemic. 

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.

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