Dec. 3, 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.
Is the Saluki Varsity Club no longer in existence? I've been a member since it began and have not received the info about renewal including the form for the $40 renewal fee. Also, will there be an alumni day reception before a men's basketball in early January while the students were on break, as has been done in past years?
In 2011, the Saluki Varsity Club came under the umbrella of the Saluki Athletic Scholarship Fund and continues to have the same member benefits today as in years past, such as admittance to games for club members. The Varsity Club had been overseen by our Assistant AD for Operations Brad Taylor, who left for the NCAA in October of 2012. Due to budgetary reasons, we have not filled this position and I believe the quality of service we provide to Varsity Club members has suffered. We have recently had some internal discussions about placing a greater focus on this program. With so many reunions, Hall of Fame events and special events (i.e. 100 years of Saluki football and men's basketball, Cindy Scottreunion/locker room dedication, etc.), it would make sense for us to make this a greater priority.
We haven't had an alumni day reception in several years but have been offering discounted tickets to SIU Alumni Association members during the entire month of February to coincide with the membership drive. We will continue that policy this year and beyond.
What non-conference teams are on the football schedule for next season and what FBS teams will SIU be playing in the future?
Next year we have an away game at Eastern Illinois on Sept. 6 and a home game versus SEMO on Sept. 13. Our FBS game is at BCS and Big Ten member Purdue on Sept. 20. We are allowed to play a 12th game in 2014 and I would like to have an FCS opponent come to Carbondale on either Thursday, Aug. 28 or Saturday, Aug. 30. Looking ahead, we will play at BCS and Big Ten member Indiana on Sept. 7, 2015.
I attend the volleyball matches regularly and I have wondered for years why the "sweat clean-up crew" doesn't have one of those mops with the circular disc on the end of it like they have at the Arena? Every time I see one of them out there on their hands and knees with a towel, I think: "That could be a lot easier and take less time with one of those disc-mops.
Great question, and when I asked, I was told those circular mops cost around $1,000. I am sure you are saying what I was thinking, how the heck can a mop cost that much?! As we dug a little deeper, our multimedia rights partner, Saluki Sports Properties, is working on getting a sponsor for this item which would allow us to have the same equipment at volleyball matches as we do for basketball games. I am sure Saluki fans all around the internet are now looking to get into the mop business. Thanks for illuminating this issue. (LATE ADDITION) We contacted the company and they dropped their price to around $400 since we are ordering a second one.