July 31, 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.
Coach Hinson, when asked what kind of offense he will run, answers that he will run the Kansas offense. I, like most other fans, have no idea of what that means? Could you please explain in layman's terms what is the Kansas offense?
I spoke to Coach Hinson, and he explained that the Kansas offense is predicated upon getting the ball inside, and everything flows off of that. It could result in a shot in the paint or an opportunity for a ball screen on the perimeter. The key is having individuals who can make plays for their teammates that give you the best high-percentage shot.
I graduated high school in 2006 and it has always been a dream of mine to play college athletics. I am currently at a point in my life in which I would really like to give it one more shot. My golf game is at its highest levels that it has been my entire life and really feel I can do this. What can I do to be given a shot at the team and a possible scholarship?
I would encourage you, or any prospective walk-on candidate, to contact Saluki coaches directly by email or phone. You can find this information on the Staff Directory page of our official website www.siusalukis.com. Our coaches always appreciate interest in their program, including interest from non-traditional recruits, provided they are a good fit academically and athletically at SIU. Most of our programs also offer walk-on tryouts during the fall, so be sure to ask Leroy Newton, our men's golf coach, if he will be holding tryouts.
Will any of this year's football games be televised?
The MVFC package includes two broadcasts on Mediacom Cable (at Missouri State and at Illinois State), plus one game on ESPN3 (vs. Indiana State). In addition, Fox College Sports will televise the road game at North Dakota State as part of the Bisons' institutional package. Saluki Sports Properties is also working with WSIU-TV to determine what other games could be televised as part of our own institutional TV package, and we should have decisions soon.
What are your thoughts on the football team recruiting some players from Penn State?
That's a tough one. Although, it is within the rules as now defined by the NCAA, I have a hard time with this, philosophically. If a Penn State transfer wanted to come here, and if we had a pre-existing relationship with them or were recruiting them prior to their signing with Penn State, I would find it acceptable. Dale Lennon has the latitude to do what he thinks is best with his roster. I have issued no edicts on this and am just stating my personal opinion. Obviously, certain BCS programs will get the first pick of the blue-chip athletes due to their ability to transfer and not have to sit out a year. I do not think many of the top players will transfer to the FCS level for that reason. Practically speaking, I just don't think this will filter down to our level to a significant degree.