Southern Illinois Salukis Football, the first book to focus solely on the program and its history at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), details the organization’s greatest moments, from its origins around the beginning of the twentieth century through the extraordinary leadership of head coaches William McAndrew, Rey Dempsey, and Jerry Kill, to the present-day team and its coach, local hero Nick Hill. Dan Verdun draws on more than one hundred interviews with coaches, players, sports historians, and sports reporters, as well as newspaper and magazine archives and other sources, to give readers an in-depth look at Saluki players, coaches, and teams from all eras. Beginning with an exploration of the earliest days of football at Southern Illinois Normal Universityas it was then calledincluding the first official team in 1913 under the school’s first athletic director and the years leading up to World War II, the book covers the history of the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), referencing personal interviews with key players and coaches of the IIAC from the late 1940s through the disbanding of the conference in 1970. Chapters about the 1950s and subsequent decades tell of the program’s history through biographical sketches of coaches as well as legendary players such as Marion Rushing, Carver Shannon, Houston Antwine, and Jim Hart. These brief tales reveal where the players came from, why they chose SIUC, what they accomplished while wearing the maroon and white, and how they fared after college. Additional chapters cover recruiting, transfers, rivals, venues, and celebrated supporters such as Mike Reis, the “Voice of the Salukis.” A final chapter offers media analysis of the fans’ central debate: which historical Saluki team was the greatest? Appendixes include “All-Century Team,” “Retired SIU Jersey Numbers,” and “Saluki Hall of Fame” and list SIU players in the NFL, the CFL, the USFL, and the Arena Football League. Illustrated with approximately seventy-five color and black-and-white photos of players and coaches, games, and other subjects, Southern Illinois Salukis Football offers readers a fresh, colorful perspective of the SIUC football program.
|Publisher:||Southern Illinois University Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Dan Verdun grew up in Odell, Illinois, and holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University. He is the author of books on Northern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State football. Currently, he teaches in Naperville, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Nancy, son Tommy, and daughter Lauren.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Foreword Jerry Kill Acknowledgments SIU Salukis Fact Page EARLY DAYS THE IIAC 1950s Marion Rushing; Carver Shannon; Houston Antwine; Sam Silas 1960s Jim Hart; Carl Mauck; Gary Smith; Tom Laputka 1970s Lionel Antoine; Andre Herrera; Kevin House; Oyd Craddock 1980s Mark Hemphill Day; Chris Lockwood; 1983 SIU National Champions; Tom Baugh; Donnell Daniel; Rick Johnson; Terry Taylor 1990s Justin Roebuck; Damon Jones; Karlton Carpenter; Cornell Craig 2000s Jerry Kill; Bart Scott; Tom Koutsos; Brandon Jacobs; Elmer McDaniel; Arkee Whitlock; Joel Sambursky; Nick Hill, the Player; Deji Karim; Brandin Jordan; Bryan Boemer; Dale Lennon 2010s Jayson DiManche; Thomas Kinney; MyCole Pruitt; Mark Iannotti; Chase Allen; Nick Hill, the Coach EXTRA POINTS Mike Reis; Roger and Sharon Lipe; Recruiting; FBS Transfers; Saluki Rivals; Money Ball; The NFL and Beyond: Salukis in Other Pro Leagues; McAndrew Stadium; Saluki Stadium SALUKI TRADITIONS Homecoming; Marching Salukis; SIU Cheerleading; King Tut’s Tomb; Saluki Did You Know?; What If? APPENDIX SIU All-Century Team; Saluki Hall of Fame; Retired SIU Jersey Numbers; SIU Head Football Coaches; SIU Football Classifications; SIU Football Conference Memberships; SIU Football Conference Championships; Salukis Selected in the NFL Draft; Salukis Selected in the AFL Draft; Salukis Selected in the CFL Draft; Salukis Signed as NFL/AFL Free Agents; Salukis Signed as CFL Free Agents; Salukis in the WFL; Salukis Selected in the USFL Draft; Salukis in Arena Football BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCES