Ask the AD- January Edition

    Mario Moccia

    Mario Moccia

    Feb. 1, 2013

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - This is the latest installment of our monthly feature called, "Ask the AD." If you have questions for Saluki Director of Athletics Mario Moccia, feel free to submit them by e-mail.

    E-Mail a question to Mario Moccia

    I see on the Saluki Basketball roster that they list two freshmen who are big forwards and are redshirts (Chase Heins, Bola Olaniyan). Do they look like they will have an impact for next year's team?

    In talking to Coach Hinson, he's very excited about the potential of Bola Olaniyan. Bola is a native of Nigeria who has very limited experience in the game of basketball, only playing for two seasons in high school. Coach believes he will be an excellent rebounder from the start and could develop into a fine all-around player as he gains more experience. Chase Heins is a local product who played at Trico High School for one of our former players, Shane Hawkins. Unfortunately, Chase has been injured all season, so he has not had an opportunity to practice with the team. After the appropriate time our team physicians will assess his condition and we hope he can be a contributor in the future.

    Is a student-athlete able to retain his/her eligibility if they declare for a professional league's draft, but don't sign with an agent?

    A student-athlete who doesn't sign with an agent but declares for a professional draft can still retain eligibility under specific circumstances: (1) in Men's Basketball, the student-athlete must withdraw from the draft by a certain date and put in writing his intention to return to college; (2) in Football and Women's Basketball, the student-athlete must put in writing his or her intention to return to college before the draft occurs and must not be subsequently drafted; and (3) in all other sports, the student-athlete must not be drafted and then must put in writing his or her intention to return to college by a certain date after the draft.

    Why does SIU not offer reduced prices for kids in certain areas to try to make it more affordable for families to come to games? We recently had friends come from Harrisburg with three kids and it costs $75 to walk in the doors. With what they spent on concessions and gas it cost them well over $100 to go to one game.

    Thank you for bringing your friends and their family to the SIU Arena to catch the Salukis play this year! We appreciate the support and we hope you enjoyed your time here. We actually do have family pricing for all our men's basketball and football home games. We offer the Frontier Family packs. This package includes 5 tickets (starting at 2 adults and 3 children) for $50, which is around the cost of attending a movie in the area (which is currently $40 according to current pricing for 2 adults and 3 children). We advertise the Frontier Family Pack on radio and a website presence on our site www.siusalukis.com . In the future be sure to call the ticket office ahead of time (877-Salukis) to preorder this package, as it is a presale special only. If your group is larger we also offer group ticket specials. Once again thanks for supporting the Salukis.