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Late turnover fuels Saluki home loss at home

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A fourth-quarter strip sack Saturday on SIU quarterback Matt DeSomer by Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed at the 2:44 mark sealed the 28-20 victory at Saluki Stadium for the penguins.

Salukis drop road contest at UAB

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The Southern Illinois women’s basketball dropped a 76-66 road decision to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers Monday night.

The Swamp Tigers last Carbondale show to be played at The Varsity

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One of the most popular bands in the region will be no more after December, and their last public solo show in Carbondale — and the penultimate public solo performance in Southern Illinois — is scheduled at The Varsity on Saturday, Nov. 18.

JALC celebrates 50th anniversary

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Today, the college — with its state-of-the-art facilities — includes 667,000 square-feet of buildings located on 169 acres along Route 13 in Carterville between Marion and Carbondale. The college also has extension centers in West Frankfort and Du Quoin.

O’Brien signs pro contract with Finland team

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Chris Barron
Carbondale Times

Before 1994, the Finnish basketball team that just signed 2016-17 Saluki Sean O’Brien was named after the Finnish town it is located in — Uusikaupunki.

The team’s new name now, Korihait is reference to the “hai” part of the name, which translates to “shark.”

Nevertheless, more important matters abounded for O’Brien after he signed. He knew he’d have to get ready for a European professional basketball life. That prep would entail getting ready to produce from the moment he landed in Finland.

Salukis sign another All-American golfer

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Chris Barron   
Weekend Times

    There are two ways “minor” sports can excel at mid-major-level recruiting. Most of the great high school golfers either go to the power conferences or, if they are good enough, they just skate to the pros.
    The way for mid-majors to flourish is by recruiting transfers and international players.
    SIU’s head coach Justin Fetcho has obviously chosen the transfer route — kind of.
    In the fall, Fetcho signed former Stetson University star Dirk Kuehler, who graduated from Stetson after averaging 75 strokes per round.
Hunter York, a local All-American, was signed by Fetcho this past November.
    The Decatur native York also won the 1A level Illinois State Championship when he was in high school.
“I look for Hunter to step right in and make an immediate impact,” said Fetcho in November.
    But the best was yet to come for Fetcho’s recruiting efforts this spring. Just a few weeks ago, the Dawgs inked their second Junior College All-American, Oliver Meek.

Making new plans: Major promoter and city cut ties

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Dustin Duncan
Weekend Times

    The city of Carbondale has been promoting a downtown street festival for the weekend prior to the eclipse with possible national music act as a headline, but it appears things won’t go as planned.
    Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said Wednesday that Arizona-based promoter Danny Zelisko Presents and the city no longer have a contract together. He said the city had been waiting for a “number of months” for the promoter to make an announcement, and sometime in May, the promoter told the city it wasn’t going to be able to make it work for that particular weekend.
    “So we’re keeping our options open and exploring other opportunities at this time,” Williams said.
    The city manager said there were a combination of things that led to not being able to land a big name. Proximity could have been one of those factors, he said. 

“Painful cuts” lead to about 80 layoffs at SIU: Interim chancellor says cuts were necessary to evolve as an institution

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