Eastern Illinois AD among those working to figure out spring FCS playoff puzzle

Head coach Nick HIll and Southern Illinois found a non-conference opponent when Illinois State and Western Illinois opted out of the spring season. (Photo by SIUSalukis.com) Choosing the FCS playoff field often presents a fair share of difficulties. Selecting the field amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which 10 members of the FCS playoff committee will do... Read more »

Saturday showdown: Salukis host Southeast Louisiana in playoff audition

Eighteenth-ranked Southern Illinois hosts No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana at noon Saturday in Carbondale. (photo courtesty siusalukis.com) Whether Saturday’s nonconference matchup with nationally ranked Southeastern Louisiana provides a bridge to the FCS playoffs, Southern Illinois is treating it as such. “(I’m) excited for this game. A lot has happened in the last two weeks of the... Read more »

Does SIU still have a chance to make the FCS playoffs?

Head coach Nick Hill’s SIU Salukis have one more opportunity to impress the playoff committee. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) After having its last two games canceled, Southern Illinois is hosting a ranked opponent Saturday in Carbondale in a game that both teams are hoping boosts any remaining chance of making the FCS playoffs. SIU, ranked No.... Read more »

SIU ranked 18th in this week's FCS spring poll

Southern Illinois is ranked No. 18 in this week’s Stats Perform FCS national poll. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) As it prepares for a Saturday showdown with another nationally ranked team, Southern Illinois lands at No. 18 in this week’s Stats Perform FCS poll. The Salukis did not play this past weekend yet dropped two spots in... Read more »

Moving the Chains with ... Illinois State defensive back Clayton Isbell

Clayton Isbell (via Twitter) From wrestling to playing youth football, Clayton Isbell is familiar with keeping his weight in check. But that doesn’t mean the sophomore safety at Illinois State can’t enjoy a burger and fries from his favorite restaurant back home – Beef Shack in St. Charles. As a versatile defensive back for the... Read more »

Eastern Illinois closes out spring with third straight ranked conference foe

Cole Hoover (76) is one of the seniors who will be honored Sunday before Eastern Illinois hosts Austin Peay in the spring finale. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) Editor’s note: This preview was published prior to the Ohio Valley Conference announcing that the football game between Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois originally scheduled for... Read more »

SIU lands game with Top 20-ranked opponent in bid to keep playoff fires burning

After its last two regular-season opponents opted out, Southern Illinois has added Southeastern Louisiana to its spring schedule in an intriguing matchup of ranked FCS teams with playoff aspirations. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) In an effort to keep its playoff hopes alive, Southern Illinois has landed a game with a Top 20 opponent. The Salukis, ranked No. 16... Read more »

WIU opt-out decision 'in the best interest of our players, our program, everybody involved on a daily basis'

Western Illinois opted out of the remainder of the spring Missouri Valley Football Conference season. (photo courtesy of GoLeathernecks.com) A day after announcing its football program was opting out of the remainder of the spring season Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott and his team captains addressed the media Tuesday afternoon. “When we got through... Read more »

Western Illinois opts out of spring football season

Western Illinois becomes the second state school to opt out of spring football. (Photo by Barry Bottino) Western Illinois University announced early Monday evening that its football program was opting out of the spring Missouri Valley Conference season. The official university release opened with, “Out of concern for the safety and wellbeing of its student-athletes,... Read more »

Coming off unscheduled bye week, SIU jumps two spots in national FCS poll

Southern Illinois wraps up its regular season hosting in-state rival Western Illinois Saturday in Carbondale. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill celebrated his birthday Monday. Though he’s a few decades past 16, that’s where his Salukis land in this week’s Stats Perform FCS national rankings. Coming off an unscheduled bye week, SIU... Read more »