Edgy Tim's Southern Illinois 2016 in-state recruiting class review


Edgy Tim's Southern Illinois 2016 in-state recruiting class review

Edgy's Salukis overall grade: C+

Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill fared pretty well in state, inking 10 local players out of the 23 recruits in their Class of 2016. Expect Hill to continue to hit in-state very hard, including the Chicagoland area, Central and Southern Illinois. Hill, who played his high school football at Du Quoin, later became a standout quarterback for Southern Illinois. Hill coached at Carbondale High School before joining the Salukis' coaching staff in 2014. Expect Southern Illinois to hit the in-state recruiting landscape hard, while also adding much-needed pieces via the out of state/JUCO and BCS transfer route.

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Headliner of the in-state class?

The Salukis has one of the FCS's top offenses in 2015, which is why defense was a top priority in this recruiting class. Al Raby defensive tackle Malik Haynes (6-foot-0, 300 pounds), Joliet Catholic defensive tackle Zeveyon Furcron (6-foot-1, 310 pounds), Chester linebacker Jordan Berner (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) and Minooka defensive lineman Blake Parzych (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) all have great potential and could emerge for Southern Illinois this fall.

The one who got away?

Crete-Monee athlete Clint Ratkovich (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) was one of the first offers that Hill extended. Ratkovich, who was a standout at quarterback and at linebacker for the Warriors in 2015, took a late visit to Western Illinois and ultimately signed with the Leathernecks.

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Final thoughts on Southern Illinois' recruiting efforts:

The hiring of Hill did nothing but create excitement for Southern Illinois football after a tough 2015 season. There's no question that Hill is a very green head coach who will need to learn on the fly. However, the overall youth of Hill and his coaching staff can also be a real positive in the Salukis' recruiting efforts. Southern Illinois has yet to make the FCS playoffs since completing their $83 million Saluki Way athletic facility upgrades, and the pressure will now be on Hill to move the program forward. I fully expect Southern Illinois to continue to hit the in-state recruits hard under Hill. The challenge for Southern Illinois will be closing on kids and fighting off the other in-state FCS schools for the same names, while also winning games in the toughest FCS football conference in the country (Missouri Valley Conference).

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24


DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension


Loyola rewards Porter Moser with multi-year contract extension

Loyola is rewarding Porter Moser for his basketball team's success this season.

Loyola and Moser have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is through the 2025-26 season.

"We are excited to be able to announce a new contract for Porter that will keep him at Loyola a long time," Loyola Director of Athletics Steve Watson said. "He is the perfect fit for Loyola and operates his program the right way, with student-athletes who achieve excellence on the court and in the classroom and are also excellent representatives of the institution.

"We are fortunate to work at a university like Loyola, that values and has made a commitment to athletics. It is nice to reward Porter not just for an outstanding season, but also for the job he has done during his time here."

That's a well-deserved extension for a head coach who led the Ramblers to a NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985.

As the 11th seed, Loyola exceeded all expectations, shocking the world with a Final Four appearance. The Ramblers took down No. 6 Miami, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, and No. 9 Kansas State before losing to No. 3 Michigan, who would go on to lose to No. 1 Villanova in the championship game.

Loyola finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a MVC Championship.

In seven seasons, Moser has a 121-111 record with the Ramblers, though three of his last four have been winning seasons.