Archive for November 2021

North Dakota State: Get to know SIU's 2nd-round playoff opponent

North Dakota State’s raucous FargoDome makes life difficult for many football opponents. (Photo by Following its 22-10 win over South Dakota this past weekend, Southern Illinois earned a second-round date with No. 2 overall seed North Dakota State. According to, NDSU played in Division II from 1922-2003 before jumping to the Division I-FCS level in... Read more »

Southern Illinois finds remedy for late-season woes with 1st-round playoff win

Southern Illinois safety Qua Brown (7) celebrates one of his two interceptions with quarterback Nic Baker in the Salukis’ 22-10 FCS playoff win. (Photo by The visitors’ locker room at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D., Saturday night was home to plenty of good vibes for Southern Illinois after its first-round FCS playoff victory. “You... Read more »

3 things we learned: SIU advances in FCS playoffs with workmanlike win

Southern Illinois players led by ZeVeyon Furcron (59) and Bryce Notree (54) celebrate the Salukis’ playoff victory. (photo courtesy The Southern Illinois football team went back to move forward. The Salukis, who got as high as No. 3 in the national polls a month ago only to struggle down stretch, returned to early-season form... Read more »

Offensive struggles lead Eastern to dismiss 5 coaches

Amid the team’s offensive struggles, Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing has let five offensive coaches go, according to an EIU source. (Photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Changes to the Eastern Illinois offense were certain to come after the Panthers ranked 116th in the nation in scoring this fall among 123 FCS teams.... Read more »

As wins pile up, Southern Illinois fan base embraces program's revival, players

SIU linebacker Bryce Notree (54) is greeted by young fans before a game this fall. Compared to 2019, attendance was up 20% in Carbondale this season. (Photo by Early in his career at Southern Illinois, sixth-year wide receiver Landon Lenoir noticed something about crowds at Saluki football games. After halftime, a number of fans... Read more »

SIU's winning ways can be traced back to dominant 2019 victory at South Dakota

Javon Williams Jr. rushed for four touchdowns in 2019 at South Dakota, where SIU opens the FCS playoffs Saturday. (Photo by On a late October day in 2019, a sub-.500 Southern Illinois football team won a Missouri Valley Football Conference game in Vermillion, S.D. Since that day midway through former Saluki quarterback Nick Hill’s... Read more »

Third-down success among three keys to Southern Illinois postseason opener

Quarterback Nic Baker and the Southern Illinois offense has converted only 24% of its first downs over the past four games. (Photo by The end of the regular season for Southern Illinois saw the Salukis go 1-3 over their last four games. As the FCS playoffs kick off for No. 21 SIU (7-4) Saturday,... Read more »

Eastern Illinois, Ohio Valley Conference face uncertain future heading into football off-season

The Ohio Valley Conference has played football since 1948. The Ohio Valley Conference, of which Eastern Illinois is a member, enters the off-season facing a daunting task. Three football-playing members have announced their departures from the league within the past calendar year. As reported by Mike Organ of The Tennessean, charter member Eastern Kentucky and... Read more »

Familiar foe: Get to know SIU's Missouri Valley foe turned playoff opponent

The DakotaDome is a 9,100-seat multi-purpose stadium in Vermillion, South Dakota. It opened in 1979 for a cost of $8.2 million and is home to the University of South Dakota Coyotes for numerous athletic events. (photo courtesy The Southern Illinois football team opens the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs Saturday against the University of... Read more »

EIU athletic director part of the 'scrubbing out' process for FCS playoff picture

Eastern Illinois athletic director Tom Michael serves on the FCS playoff committee. (photo courtesy Experience usually pays off, but then again, circumstances also dictate our perceptions. Take, for example, Tom Michael’s second time serving on the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff committee. Michael, the Eastern Illinois athletic director, had his first foray in selecting... Read more »