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Gilley turns it up a notch for her final season

Gilley turns it up a notch for her final season

By Caleb Motsinger

March 28, 2012

As spring storm clouds encircled the Hickory Ridge Golf Course, Meg Gilley stood on the practice green calmly sinking putt after putt as she closed up an evening of practice that started nearly four hours earlier.The SIU women’s golf team ran away with their fourth win of the 2011-12 season Sunday and Monday a...

Salukis seek to surpass Redbirds in conference series

Salukis seek to surpass Redbirds in conference series

By Brandon Willingham

March 28, 2012

Southern Illinois University and Illinois State University are tied in the Missouri Valley Conference, and the winner of Saturday's game will determine who pushes ahead.The Salukis (18-8, 5-1 Missouri Valley Conference) lead the Redbirds (19-13, 5-1 MVC) in third place, while Illinois State sits in four...

Players react to Hinson’s hire

By Joe Ragusa

March 28, 2012

Although waiting for a new coach to be hired was a challenge, freshman forward Treg Setty said he pulled together with his teammates and got through all of the speculation and questions about their own futures as Salukis.“I’ve played basketball my whole life. I’ve never not had a coach,” Setty...

Salukis prepare for Sun Belt Shootout

By Akeem Glaspie

March 28, 2012

Men’s tennis coach Dann Nelson says his team needs to step up its intensity heading into this weekend's highly-ranked tournament field.The Sun Belt Shootout takes place Saturday and Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn., at Middle Tennessee State. The field consists of some of the nation's highest-ranked team...

Spring football practice begins

Spring football practice begins

By Ben Conrady

March 27, 2012

Lennon: Improvements to be madeThis week marks the beginning of spring practices for the SIU football team, and with it comes the optimism of a fresh start.While Saluki fans’ minds may be focused on the upcoming season, the players and coaches said they know proper preparation during spring can lead...

Golfer captures consecutive wins, earns MVC honors

Golfer captures consecutive wins, earns MVC honors

By Brandon Willingham

March 27, 2012

Foot surgery may have caused junior golfer Jake Erickson to sit out of golf for 10 weeks, but the time off hasn’t seemed to affect his ability to win as a member of the SIU men’s golf team.“At the beginning, I was a little rusty, but then I started playing really well. It was pretty exciting,” Erickso...

Hinson formally introduced as men’s basketball coach

Hinson formally introduced as men’s basketball coach

By Joe Ragusa

March 27, 2012

Barry Hinson couldn't be happier to be back home as a coach in the Missouri Valley Conference."I've been very public with how I feel about this conference. I just love it," Hinson said. "I've had opportunities in the four years that I've been out (of the MVC), I've had opportunities to be a coach somewher...

SIU football player arrested

By Caleb Motsinger

March 26, 2012

Baines charged with counts of kidnapping, sexual batteryDespite being indefinitely suspended from Saluki football, the investigation of Ronald Baines continues in order to determine whether he will return to SIU in the fall.Baines, a 20-year-old freshman cornerback from Voorhees, N.J., was arrested Mar...

Basketball losses ripple through Athletic Department

By Joe Ragusa

March 26, 2012

Illinois is in the midst of a severe budget crisis, and Saluki Athletics felt the crunch at a time when revenues from men's basketball weren't up to par.“We've weathered probably the most perfect storm from a financial standpoint,” said Mark Scally, chief financial officer for Saluki Athletics. ...

Sources say Hinson will be the new men’s basketball coach

By Joe Ragusa

March 26, 2012

Barry Hinson will be announced as the new head coach of Saluki men's basketball today, Athletic Director Mario Moccia said Wednesday.Moccia tweeted about the hire Wednesday morning, saying the department will put all their efforts into winning immediately.Media Services Director Tom Weber said there...

Salukis can’t afford Weber

By Joe Ragusa

March 25, 2012

The search for the new men's basketball coach is entering its fourth week, and there hasn't been any word from the SIU athletic department about how the search is going.Former Illinois and SIU coach Bruce Weber reportedly has an offer to return to SIU, although Mark Scally, associate athletic directo...

2012 Saluki Invitational Results

2012 Saluki Invitational Results

By Brandon Willingham

March 25, 2012

Senior golfer Alisha Matthews watches her shot Monday during the Saluki Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course. Matthews was ten over par for the two-day tournament. SIU placed first of 17 teams with a total score of 608, its fourth consecutive win of the season.2012 Saluki Invitational ResultsTo...

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