Sean Carley

Sports editor of Daily Egyptian at Southern Illinois University. Arizona born and raised. Three years experience in sports media covering collegiate football, basketball, swimming and diving, volleyball, tennis and softball.

Saluki softball’s season ends with NCAA tournament elimination

SIU softball’s memorable season came to a close Saturday after a 4-0 loss to North Carolina eliminated the team from the NCAA tournament. “It’s like a death in the family,” SIU coach Kerri Blaylock told media after the game. “I don’t want them to think a couple losses define how special they’ve been in the last four weeks.” The Salukis finished the season with a 33-24 overall record and its deepest postseason run in 10 years. Much like Friday’s loss to Ole Miss, two bad innings and an inabili

SIU softball wins first MVC title since 1991; Harre named tournament MVP

For the first time in 26 years, Saluki softball has been crowned Missouri Valley champions. SIU defeated Northern Iowa on Saturday 4-3 to claim the title in an instant classic for Saluki history. With the win, Southern will make its 11th total appearance in the NCAA tournament, its first since it hosted a regional in 2007. UNI struck first with a run in the third, but SIU bounced back with four runs in the fourth. The inning started with back-to-back singles from freshman second baseman Madd

Missouri Valley extends invitation to Valparaiso to join conference

Thirty-two days after Wichita State announced its departure to the American Athletic Conference, the Missouri Valley Conference has chosen its replacement. The MVC announced Tuesday that it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University to join the conference, effective July 1. As of Tuesday morning, no official decision has been made by the university regarding the invite, but it is expected to accept. The Valley’s decision comes after a meeting of member schools late Monday night to det

SIU men’s, women’s tennis finish final matches as conference runners-up

Saluki women's tennis players place their hands together Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at Garden Grove Event Center in Carbondale during their first practice after hearing the news the team would be cut after this semester. Director of tennis Audra Anderson said the upperclassmen and maturity of the team help make the difference during this time. “It fires me up even more to have the best season," Anderson said. "If anything it will help us because you don’t have anybody sitting back and saying ‘well t

Saluki softball uses long ball to sweep Wichita State

Wichita State’s final day in Carbondale as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference will not be remembered fondly. Saluki softball launched four home runs throughout the day to sweep the weather-shortened series with the Shockers, winning the first game 3-2 and the second game 5-4. “It’s always a good rivalry,” SIU assistant coach Jen Sewell said after the game. “It’s the last year they’re going to be with us so we wanted to come out here and have a good time.” The two wins move SIU (25-21,

Wichita State set to depart Missouri Valley for American Athletic Conference

Arguably the prime athletic school in the Missouri Valley Conference is leaving for a new home. Wichita State will leave the MVC at the end of this academic year to join the American Athletic Conference as a non-football member in 2017-18, as first reported by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated. The AAC board of directors voted unanimously Friday morning to admit the Shockers into the conference. “It became clear to us that The American offered the best combination of universities that share o

SIU men’s tennis wins ’emotional’ final home match in program history

As the members of the SIU men’s tennis team walked away from their final match as a program at University Courts, they did so as winners. SIU defeated Wichita State on Saturday, 4-1, for the first time since 2009. “It was an unbelievable match,” said graduate assistant coach Jonny Rigby, who serves as the primary coach of the men’s program. “To see them go out like that, that match just shows what we’re all about as a team.” The win is the Salukis’ (15-2) eighth win in a row, and it got them

SIU women’s basketball completes comeback, upsets Northern Iowa

Two days after dropping a game against Drake, the Missouri Valley Conference leader which SIU coach Cindy Stein called “ripe for the picking,” Saluki women’s basketball upset UNI 64-59. SIU shot 59.3 percent in the second to erase a 15-point deficit before handing Northern Iowa its second Valley loss of the season. “We came out [of halftime] with more intensity and more urgency,” senior guard Rishonda Napier said. “We just had to make a decision that we were going to grind down and get it.” A

Saluki football welcomes 27-player recruiting class on National Signing Day

The biggest day of the year in collegiate recruiting culminated Wednesday with SIU football coach Nick Hill signing 27 players. The class of 2017 had a heavy emphasis on linemen on either side of the ball with five offensive linemen and eight defensive linemen, as well as one quarterback, one running back, two wide receivers, two tight ends, three linebackers, one defensive back, one safety, an athlete and a punter. “We knew the type of players we could get in here,” Hill said. “Every head coa

SIU to cut men’s and women’s tennis, reduce swimming scholarships

Saluki Athletics announced Thursday that it will eliminate the men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as reduce the number of men’s swimming scholarships, effective July 1. Once fully enforced, the cuts will save the university approximately $660,000 annually in scholarships, salaries, travel and other costs, according to a university news release. “This was an incredibly difficult decision because of the impact it will have on the lives of our student-athletes and staff,” Director of Athletic

Two SIU men’s basketball players under administrative eligibility review

Hours before SIU men’s basketball’s matchup against Wichita State, the team announced two of its key rotation players will not be suiting up. Senior guard Leo Vincent and sophomore guard Sean Lloyd are subjects of a Saluki Athletics administrative eligibility review. Saluki basketball sports information director Tom Weber said the two are in Wichita with the team and are under investigation for the same undisclosed reason. Weber said the team will update the public with the results of the inv
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