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Saturday's football game canceled as Western Illinois opts out

Posted on 4/7/2021, 6:37 PM

CARBONDALE -- Saluki Athletics was advised late Monday that Western Illinois is discontinuing its spring football season and will not play this Saturday's scheduled game at SIU.

The Salukis are 4-3 on the season, with wins over three ranked opponents in SEMO, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. The field for the 16-team FCS Playoffs will be announced on Sunday, April 18.

"I am extremely disappointed for our student-athletes to lose this opportunity to play Senior Day against Western Illinois," SIU Director of Athletics Liz Jarnigan said. "Our program has followed every protocol and battled through so much adversity to get to this point, and we hurt for our student-athletes and coaches. My hope is that our community is proud of the commitment they have demonstrated."

Jarnigan said she is looking to find a potential replacement game that could take place before the playoff announcement.

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