Oct. 29, 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.
Have you considered etching the word "Salukis" into the berm in the north end zone of Saluki Stadium? I think it would help finish that area off and add to the ambience of the surroundings.
The Athletic staff is conducting meetings to discuss ways to improve football attendance and the ambiance surrounding the stadium and game day in general. Making better use of the berm is one of our priorities, and the incorporation of a logo might be a good idea. We will take it under advisement.
Is it possible to purchase memorial bricks for the football stadium, and if so, how much are they?
At the present time this is not something that we offer. Donors have made gifts to Saluki Way directed toward football in individual's names. Also, many of our fans have purchased lockers as a tribute to former Saluki players in the sports of volleyball, football, men's basketball and women's track (women's basketball and men's track are sold out).
At Homecoming, we had seats on the east side of the stadium, and when the National Anthem is played it is impossible to hear the trumpet soloists. Why not use a microphone for the trumpet soloists and play them over the PA? It is very hard to enjoy the anthem when you cannot hear it.
I consulted George Brozak in the School of Music, who is SIU's Director of Athletic Bands, and he let me know the following. "The soloists can't be mic'd because of the sound delay present in Saluki Stadium. Due to the travel of sound from the field level to broadcast in the speakers, what the soloists play would be delayed by several seconds. It would also create a delay issue when the full band joins the soloists at, 'And the rockets' red glare...'. Obviously, each of these issues could be catastrophic to the performance." I am aware of what you are referring to and we will keep trying to find a solution that would be acceptable to the band.
Is it true that sports like swimming & diving, golf, and tennis don't have the scholarships available to them that basketball and football do?
All sports have different amounts of scholarships available (baseball 11.7, football 63, men's basketball 13 and women's basketball 15, etc...) but all sports at Southern Illinois University are fully funded. When people ask me this I always tell them we have vastly different budgets but the same amount of scholarships as the University of Texas (except in football).