July 2, 2012
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.
For several years, the football team alternated between five home games and six home games. Last season was five and this coming season is only five. Is this the future for Saluki football?
Unfortunately, five home-game seasons look like more of the norm. In the past, we used to play eight league games in football. The typical breakdown was four home and four away conference games, a FBS guarantee game, one home and away FCS series (SEMO, Eastern Illinois, etc...) and a NAIA or Division II team. This gave us an alternating five home games one year and six the next. The FCS selection committee in the last two years has that NAIA or Division II opponents will not count in the overall total of wins for playoff consideration and they will actually begin to hurt a team's resume, so we have made a decision not to play these games anymore. We've positioned ourselves going forward to have four home and four away league games, a guarantee game and one home and one away FCS series each year. That gives us five home games and six on the road. Now, in 2013 and 2014 the NCAA is allowing FCS teams to play 12 games, and we are looking at adding another guarantee game in one or both years, buying a FCS team to come in one or both years or playing another home and away series with a FCS opponent, so in 2013 or 2014 we could see a sixth home game. I hope this wasn't too confusing as we always want as many home games as possible but are a little constrained with the conference schedule and the need to play one guarantee game per year.
I see where two SIU men's basketball players are now at Ohio University (Treg Setty, Travis Wilkins). I also see that Coach Stewart from our previous staff has taken a job at Ohio. Is some hanky panky going on here? Should this be investigated?
Nothing out of the ordinary but more like business as usual. Coach Stewart was recruiting Travis Wilkins from his junior college when he worked for SIU, and when we had the coaching change with a new staff, the exiting assistants needed to find jobs. When Travis was granted his release he was free to transfer anywhere in the country other than MVC schools or teams on our schedule for this year, so Ohio University was an acceptable option. With Treg Setty he had a desire to transfer closer to home, so we allowed him to transfer to all schools closer to home than SIU, other than MVC schools and teams on our current schedule. He selected Ohio University and that was an acceptable option for us as well. We wish both of them good luck with their academics and basketball careers at their new University.