In celebration of 73 years at McAndrew Stadium, we invite
our fans to remember and celebrate the greatest moments
in Saluki football history in McAndrew Stadium. Though the memories are
countless, 25 rise up to be an essential part of what it
means to be a Dawg. Use the navigation on the right to relive Saluki
history and help us know which is your favorite by voting using the button below.
This was Mark Hemphill Day. It attracted the largest crowd in McAndrew Stadium history, 17,150. Hemphill, a wide receiver from St. Louis, Mo., suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury while attempting to recover a teammate's fumble in a game the previous season versus Illinois State. The injury left him paralyzed from the neck down. Mark Hemphill Day was then-Saluki Athletic Director Gale Sayers' idea. It was designed to raise money for Hemphill's rehabilitation expenses. Then-SIU Assistant Athletic Director Fred Huff organized the event. It raised some $30,000, including $1,000 from SIU students, who resided at Brush Towers. Then-Illinois Governor James Thompson attended the game and presented Hemphill, who died accidentally one year later, with a plaque denoting the retirement of his jersey number 30. His jersey number is one of only three that SIU has retired.
Mark Hemphill (prior to Hemphill Day), Coach Rey Dempsey (prior to Hemphill Day), SIU Assistant Athletic Director Fred Huff (following Hemphill Day) and play by play highlights (Mike Reis/Brian Baggett).