Ask the AD - September edition

    Mario Moccia

    Mario Moccia

    Sept. 27, 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.

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    There are some tailgaters taking up two and three parking spaces or spilling over on the circle parking lot sidewalk to the extent it is hard to walk by. What is the policy on how much space each of us can occupy?

    Based on our distribution of parking passes, we feel there is a good balance between tailgaters who take up additional spaces and those who don't use or require extra space. Lots U and C have a combined capacity of 558 parking spaces, and we've distributed 332 parking passes to season-ticket holders. We also provide approximately 20 additional spaces for visiting media and vendors, and 40 handicapped and disabled spaces. If all of those groups show up in full force, we would utilize less than 400 of the 558 available spaces. We will take a close look at how the sidewalks are being utilized to ensure that there is safe passage for those in and around the lots throughout the rest of the season.

    Why would SIU be concerned about playing the larger schools in basketball? This shying away from opponents both big and small seems to run contrary to the very nature of competition.

    Our goal is to put together a competitive schedule each year that both prepares our team for the rigorous conference season and strengthens our RPI for possible postseason play. During our NCAA runs, we tried to schedule teams in similar leagues who were among the top three teams in those conferences. Similarly, our schedule this season includes Murray State (OVC), Saint Louis (Atlantic 10) and Western Kentucky (Sunbelt). Two of those teams went to the NCAA Tournament last year and one went to the NIT. Our successful teams never really played BCS opponents except in the early-season MTE's (Minnesota, Arkansas, USC, Duke, UCLA, etc.) and Indiana which came about because of a football scheduling issue. A few years ago, we did schedule Illinois due to the relationship with the two heads coaches, and we have scheduled Mizzou this upcoming year to use the money to purchase some home games next year. In short, I believe we have a pretty competitive schedule for the upcoming season.

    Are the Purdue and Indiana games still on, and what amount are we getting for those games? If they cancel, what cancellation payment do we get?

    Yes, the games are still scheduled. The guarantee and cancellation fee for Purdue University in 2014 is $350,000 and the guarantee and cancellation fee for Indiana University in 2015 is $400,000.