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Southern Illinois Salukis
First season 1905
Head coach Dale Lennon
Home stadium Saluki Stadium
Stadium capacity 15,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Carbondale, Illinois
Conference MVFC
All-time record 412–477–32
Postseason bowl record 5–3
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 8
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.

The Salukis are coached by Dale Lennon,[1] who had previous success at the University of North Dakota.


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.[2] In 2006, the Salukis defeated Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, 35-28.[3] SIU has been ranked in the Top-20 of the FCS Coaches Poll for 54 straight weeks. The Salukis have won 40 games since 2003, ranking 12th in Division 1 football during that time span.[4]

Bowl games

Season Bowl Champion Runner-Up
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).


Conference Championships

  • 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

National Championships

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


Salukis in the NFL


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.[5]

Home venue

SIU Football plays at the new 15,000-seat Saluki Stadium, which replaced McAndrew Stadium, the home of Saluki Football since 1938.[6] Saluki Stadium opened on September 2, 2010 when a sellout crowd of 15,200 watched the Salukis defeat Quincy 70-7.[7]

The Saluki Stadium is part of the university's larger athletic facilities plan, known as "Saluki Way,"[8] a comprehensive plan to renovate and restructure the campus athletic facilities.[9]

See also


External links

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