Southern Illinois Salukis football

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Southern Illinois Salukis
2018 Southern Illinois Salukis football team
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First season1905 (1905)
Head coachNick Hill
3rd season, 10–23 (.303)
StadiumSaluki Stadium
(Capacity: 15,000)
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationCarbondale, Illinois
ConferenceMissouri Valley
All-time record412–477–32 (.465)
Claimed nat'l titles1 (1983)
Conference titles8
ColorsMaroon and White[1]
WebsiteSIU 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.

The Salukis are coached by Nick Hill,[2] who was the starting quarterback for the Salukis in 2006 and 2007.


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.[3] In 2006, the Salukis defeated Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, 35–28,[4] 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.[5]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Postseason games[edit]

Season Bowl Opponent Result
1947 Corn Bowl North Central W 21–0
1949 Shrine Bowl Indiana State W 21–0
1983 Pecan Bowl Indiana State W 40–14
1983 FCS Championship Bowl Western Carolina W 43–7
2005 Pecan Bowl Appalachian State L 24–38
2006 Camellia Bowl Montana L 3–20
2007 Grantland Rice Bowl Massachusetts W 34–27
2009 Pecan Bowl William & Mary L 3–24
  • 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).


Conference championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

1983 – NCAA Division I-AA Champions, 43–7 win over Western Carolina.


Salukis in the NFL[edit]

SIU has had 28 players drafted in the NFL Draft, including four since 2010. In total, 36 Saluki football players have gone on to play in the NFL. Some notable Salukis in the NFL are listed below.


Cornell Craig is the school's 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 Conference's 25th anniversary team along with three other Salukis.[7]

Home venue[edit]

SIU Football plays at the 15,000-seat Saluki Stadium, which replaced McAndrew Stadium, the home of Saluki Football since 1938.[8] Saluki Stadium opened on September 2, 2010 when a sellout crowd of 15,200 watched the Salukis defeat Quincy 70–7.[9]

The Saluki Stadium is part of the university's larger athletic facilities plan, known as "Saluki Way,"[10] a comprehensive plan to renovate and restructure the campus athletic facilities.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Brand Colors | The Brand | SIU". Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  2. ^ Hefferman, Todd (December 23, 2015). "Hill to succeed Lennon as SIU's next football coach". The Southern Illinoisan. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Staff (September 8, 2007). "S. Illinois 34, N. Illinois 31". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Staff (September 16, 2006). "Hill tosses 4 TDs as I-AA Salukis shock Indiana". Associated Press. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "SIU becoming powerhouse at I-AA level". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Chase Allen". Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-01-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Nelson, Kathleen (August 23, 2010). "SIUC's long-awaited new stadium is ready". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  9. ^ "Saluki Stadium opens in grand fashion - Southern Illinois University". Southern Illinois University. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Saluki Way Archived 2010-02-28 at the Wayback Machine

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