Football Salukis Move Up in National Rankings Ahead of Homecoming Game
The football Salukis have moved up to number 4 in the national rankings after their thrilling overtime win Saturday at South Dakota State.
SIU returns home this Saturday for a big homecoming match-up with North Dakota.
Saluki Head Coach Nick Hill says homecoming games are key moments for a team to welcome former players back and make them feel part of the current program.
"Obviously, that hits close to home with me as a past player. I want it to be a program that everyone feels welcome to come back and they feel wanted and valued."
Hill says he's looking forward to seeing former players back in town this week to cheer on this current group of Salukis.
"They get the opportunity to come to practice on Friday before the game. So, if they're in town early, they get to come out, introduce themselves to our team in the end zone, tell us what years they played and some stories will be told."
Two former Saluki tight ends are being inducted into the Saluki Hall of Fame on Friday.
Damon Jones -- who played from 1994 to 1996 -- finished his career ranked third in receiving yards in school history and fifth in receptions. He played five seasons in the NFL with Jacksonville.
MyCole Pruitt -- who played from 2011 to 2014 - set the school record for career pass receptions and finished second in career TD catches. He's currently in the NFL with Tennessee.
U.S. Olympian Deanna Price is also going into the Hall of Fame. She will be the Grand
Marshal for Saturday morning's homecoming parade.
The game kicks off at 2 p.m.