Tag: Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois Salukis Football Notebook

Southern Illinois Salukis Football Notebook
Southern Illinois wide receiver Darrell James, safety Jeremy Chinn and punter Lane Reazin were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason first team, in a vote of league head coaches, media and sports information directors.  Meanwhile, defensive end Anthony Knighton was selected to the second team. A fifth-year senior from Fort Worth, Texas, James led SIU with... Read more »

Former Illinois football stars share their summer job woes

Former Illinois football stars share their summer job woes
Nearly everyone has worked those summer jobs that helped earn a little spending money, filled idle hours, kept parents at bay and taught valuable life lessons. The following is a collection of responses I got to the question, “What was your worst summer job” when I wrote my books on college football in Illinois. This... Read more »

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after school shooting

Former SIU player hailed as hero released from hospital after  school shooting
Former Southern Illinois defensive lineman Jason Seaman has been released from the hospital, according to multiple reports Saturday.  Seaman, who lettered for SIU 2007-2010, suffered three gunshot wounds after confronting an armed student in his class Friday. After undergoing surgery, he has been released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Seaman, who grew... Read more »
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Throwback Thursday: Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history

Throwback Thursday:  Houston Antwine, the greatest two-way lineman in SIU history
On the surface Houston Antwine appeared bigger than life. At the core, the 6-foot, 270-pound native of Louise, Mississippi was simply the greatest two-way lineman in Saluki history. “In my honest opinion, using every piece of information that I have and trying to be objective and respectful of those who played before and after us,... Read more »

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois

Prairie State Pigskin Notebook: 14 sign as NFL free agents; administrative change at Southern Illinois
With this past weekend’s NFL Draft officially over, 14 former Illinois FCS players have signed contracts as undrafted free agents. Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois each had four players sign as free agents, and while Illinois State had “only” two players, the Redbirds were the lone team to have a player drafted (DB Davontae... Read more »

Fall Flashback: SIU stuns ISU in Homecoming romp

(photo courtesy of videtteonline.com)
This week’s fall flashback is Southern Illinois’ stunning 42-7 romp over rival Illinois State in mid-October. The Salukis celebrated Homecoming by dominating the Redbirds in front of 8,121 fans. ISU entered the game as the nation’s 15th-ranked team, but Southern forced five turnovers en route to the victory.
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Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups

Newest group of Salukis strengthen QB and CB position groups
When starting quarterback Sam Straub went down with a season-ending injury in late October, the Southern Illinois offense took a major hit. Without the pilot of the Salukis leading the way, the team finished the season 0-4 down the stretch as two different QBs combined to complete 43 percent of their passes with only five... Read more »

Illinois FCS Notebook: Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs

Illinois FCS Notebook:  Redshirt rule proposal, staffings, CFL history & top Dawgs
Two weeks ago, American Football Coaches Association executive director Todd Berry said that a proposal is in the works that would allow a player to be granted a redshirt so long as he’s played in four games or less in a season. The major change in the rule would mean that those four games could come at anytime... Read more »

Close friends, admirers react to Kill's retirement

Close friends, admirers react to Kill's retirement
Two years ago former Southern Illinois head coach Jerry Kill bid an emotional farewell as he stepped down from the same position at the University of Minnesota. On Tuesday, Kill left as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers with little fanfare. “I want to thank (coach) Chris Ash and (athletics director) Pat Hobbs for giving me... Read more »
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Recruiting expert Edgy Tim weighs in on early college football signing period: 'Everyone waiting at the table'

“The early signing period for college football prospective-student athletes will allow the prospect to sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) during a 72-hour period beginning Dec. 20 and ending Dec. 22. This period also includes the opportunity for junior college prospects to sign. This window to sign will not affect a prospect’s ability to... Read more »