Archive for October 2020

3 things we learned: SIU tips regional rival on last-second field goal

3 things we learned: SIU tips regional rival on last-second field goal
Nico Gualdoni did more than kick the tires; he allowed the Southern Illinois Salukis to grab the wheel. The senior kicker’s 27-yard field goal as time expired drove SIU to a 20-17 victory over regional rival Southeast Missouri State Friday night in Carbondale. The win snapped the Salukis’ two-game losing streak in the series that... Read more »

The wait is almost over: SIU hosts regional rival Friday night in Carbondale

The wait is almost over: SIU hosts regional rival Friday night in Carbondale
Southern Illinois recognizes 1913 as its first official year fielding a football team. History shows that three times world wars have prevented SIU from playing any games in a given year. For the record, those years were 1918, 1920 and 1943. That history will be rewritten Friday night in Carbondale when the Salukis host Southeast... Read more »

Arrival of game week amid COVID-19 gives Salukis a boost

Arrival of game week amid COVID-19 gives Salukis a boost
On Monday morning, Nick Hill admitted he walked into work with a little more pep in his step. The Southern Illinois head football coach and his team started what few FCS programs – and only one in Illinois – get to enjoy this fall. For the Salukis, it’s game week. “I was just so excited... Read more »
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When leading or sacking QBs, SIU's Knighton prefers quiet approach

When leading or sacking QBs, SIU's Knighton prefers quiet approach
Anthony Knighton’s play on Saturdays for Southern Illinois says a lot. But when it comes to using his voice, the senior defensive end is not nearly as loud as any of the 21.5 sacks and 35 tackles for loss he has piled up during his career in Carbondale. “He’s a very quiet personality, especially around... Read more »

Football Flicks: Former Illinois FCS standouts share their favorites

Football Flicks: Former Illinois FCS standouts share their favorites
The recent deaths of two noteworthy figures in 20th Century pop culture has Prairie State Pigskin thinking about films featuring football. The passing of NFL Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers and musician & actor Mac Davis brings to mind two of the most well-known movies with football as a backdrop. Sayers — who... Read more »

Delayed fall game gives SIU time to prepare and be diligent

Delayed fall game gives SIU time to prepare and be diligent
With Tuesday’s announcement that its lone fall game has been moved back a week, Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill’s Salukis have more time to prepare and more time to be diligent. The annual game with regional rival Southeast Missouri State billed as the “War for the Wheel” — an homage to a series that dates back to... Read more »
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Shifting dynamics lead to more player power & voice in college football

Shifting dynamics lead to more player power & voice in college football
“Protest in college football is nearly as old as the sport itself, but change has come slowly. Are the power dynamics finally shifting?” –Alex Kirshner of TheRinger.com The quote above served as the headnote in a piece this summer titled “The Impact and Evolution of College Football Player Protest”. The story outlined the experiences of groups like the... Read more »

SIU's rivalry game pushed back a week due to opponent's positive COVID tests

SIU's rivalry game pushed back a week due to opponent's positive COVID tests
Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State announced Tuesday that their football game has been pushed back a week because of positive COVID-19 tests. “We recently had some positive cases and paused workouts with an abundance of caution,” said SEMO Director of Athletics Brady Barke said in a statement posted on the athletic department website. “We want... Read more »

Social justice movements, state college football programs strike to find a balance

Social justice movements, state college football programs strike to find a balance
The country is certainly divided in any number of ways. One only has to glance at the headlines, click on TV news or scroll through social media to see it. College football programs are no different. Players may hang out away from the field — including within the locker room — in different groups. One... Read more »
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Mentor Moments: WIU's Elliott shares his greatest influences

Mentor Moments: WIU's Elliott shares his greatest influences
The following is the third in a series that highlights each of the four Illinois FCS head coaches as they share thoughts and memories about their mentors. Today’s featured coach is Jared Elliott of Western Illinois. The men Jared Elliott considers his mentors encompass his years as a player and a young coach. Moreover, they... Read more »