Southern Illinois Salukis football
|Southern Illinois Salukis|
|Head coach||Nick Hill
1st season, 4–7 (.364)
|All-time record||412–477–32 (.465)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||1|
|Colors||Maroon and White
|Website||SIU Salukis Football|
The Southern Illinois Salukis football team represents Southern Illinois University Carbondale in football. The Salukis are a member of the NCAA and compete at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level (formerly known as NCAA Division I-AA). The Salukis are a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and play in Saluki Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois, which has a seating capacity of 15,000.
- 1937–1972: NCAA College Division
- 1973–1977: NCAA Division I
- 1978–1981: NCAA Division I–A
- 1982–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
- 1913–1924: Independent
- 1925–1949: Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1950–1961: Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1962–1972: Independent
- 1973–1976: Division I Independent
- 1977–1984: Missouri Valley Conference
- 1985–present: Gateway Football Conference/Missouri Valley Football Conference
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In 2007, the Salukis were victorious against Northern Illinois University. This marked the second consecutive year that SIU has beaten an FBS school in football. In 2006, the Salukis defeated Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, 35-28, becoming the first Missouri Valley Conference school to win against a Big Ten Conference member. In the 2000s, SIU set then-MVFC records with 99 consecutive weeks ranked in the top-25 and 14-straight MVFC wins.
|1947||Corn Bowl||Southern Illinois||21||North Central||0|
|1949||Shrine Bowl||Southern Illinois||21||Indiana State||0|
|1983||Pecan Bowl||Southern Illinois||40||Indiana State||14|
|1983||FCS Championship Bowl||Southern Illinois||43||Western Carolina||7|
|2005||Pecan Bowl||Appalachian State||38||Southern Illinois||24|
|2006||Camellia Bowl||Montana||20||Southern Illinois||3|
|2007||Grantland Rice Bowl||Southern Illinois||34||Massachusetts||27|
|2009||Pecan Bowl||William & Mary||24||Southern Illinois||3|
- Note: Since 1981, the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs Regional Championships were commonly referred to as the Boardwalk Bowl (East Region Championship), Pecan Bowl (Midwest Region Championship), Grantland Rice Bowl (South Region Championship), and Camellia Bowl (West Region Championship).
- 1947 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
- 1960 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Co-Champions
- 1961 - Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions
- 2003 - Gateway Football Conference Co-Champions
- 2004 - Gateway Football Conference Champions
- 2005 - Gateway Football Conference Co-Champions
- 2008 - Missouri Valley Football Conference Co-Champions
- 2009 - Missouri Valley Football Conference Champions
Salukis in the NFL
SIU has had 27 players drafted in the NFL Draft, including three since 2010. In total, 35 Saluki football players have gone on to play in the NFL. Some notable Salukis in the NFL are listed below.
- Brandon Jacobs - New York Giants, RB
- Bart Scott - New York Jets, LB
- Carl Mauck - San Diego Chargers, OL
- Damon Jones - Jacksonville Jaguars, TE
- Deji Karim - Houston Texans, RB
- Houston Antwine - Houston OIlers, DT
- Jayson DiManche - Cincinnati Bengals, LB
- Jewel Hampton - San Francisco 49ers, RB
- Jim Hart - St. Louis Cardinals, QB
- Kevin House - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
- MyCole Pruitt - Minnesota Vikings, TE
- Ray Agnew III - Cleveland Browns, FB
- Terry Taylor - Seattle Seahawks, DB
- Tom Baugh - Kansas City Chiefs, OL
Cornell Craig is the schools all-time leading receiver and first receiver in school history to earn consensus All-American honors (1999). His senior season he led the nation in receiving with 77 receptions for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also amassed over 2,000 all-purpose yards as a senior. His career numbers (all Saluki records) are 207 receptions, 3,508 yards, and 37 touchdowns. He was inducted into the SIU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 and is also honored on Missouri Valley Football Conference 25th anniversary team along with 3 other Salukis.
SIU Football plays at the new 15,000-seat Saluki Stadium, which replaced McAndrew Stadium, the home of Saluki Football since 1938. Saluki Stadium opened on September 2, 2010 when a sellout crowd of 15,200 watched the Salukis defeat Quincy 70-7.
- "Brand Colors | The Brand | SIU". Brand.siu.edu. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- Hefferman, Todd (December 23, 2015). "Hill to succeed Lennon as SIU's next football coach". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
- Staff (September 8, 2007). "S. Illinois 34, N. Illinois 31". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Staff (September 16, 2006). "Hill tosses 4 TDs as I-AA Salukis shock Indiana". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Daily Chronicle
- Nelson, Kathleen (August 23, 2010). "SIUC's long-awaited new stadium is ready". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Norris, D.W. (July 24, 2010). "How 'Suite' it is: New Saluki football stadium scores with premium seating level". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- Saluki Way