SIU adds Southeastern Louisiana to spring 2021 football schedule

By Brian Wilmer -

The Southern Illinois Salukis have added the Southeastern Louisiana Lions to their spring 2021 football schedule, the schools announced Wednesday.

The game will take place Saturday, April 17, at Saluki Field in Carbondale, Ill. Kick time is scheduled for noon (Central). The game replaces the Salukis’ April 10 tilt with Western Illinois, which was scuttled after the Leathernecks opted out of their season on Monday.

“I’m super-thankful for coaches like Coach Scelfo,” SIU coach Nick Hill said. “He told me he really appreciated my statement, and that he felt the same way. They feel like they’re a playoff team, too, so this game is a great opportunity to showcase two outstanding football programs that love to play football.”

“We’re excited to have an opportunity to travel to Southern Illinois and play,” Southeastern Louisiana coach Frank Scelfo said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to give our student-athletes an opportunity to compete.”

The matchup features two top-20 clubs. Southern Illinois (4-3) is ranked 16th among FCS clubs, with Southeastern Louisiana (3-2) 19th in the pills.

The spring 2021 FCS Playoff bracket will be announced on Sunday, April 18 with the 16-team tournament beginning the following weekend.

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