(STATS) - New Southern Illinois coach Nick Hill will make his debut Sept. 26 at Florida Atlantic as part of the Salukis' 11-game schedule announced Monday.
Hill was named the Salukis' new coach Dec. 23 after serving this past season as the team's co-offensive coordinator.
SIU will play six home games. After the opener at FAU, the Salukis host Southeast Missouri State (Sept. 10) and Murray State (Sept. 17) in non-conference action and then Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents South Dakota State (Oct. 8), Indiana State (Oct. 22, Homecoming), South Dakota (Nov. 5) and Western Illinois (Nov. 19).
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They will face Northern Iowa (Oct. 1), Illinois State (Oct. 15), Missouri State (Oct. 29) and Youngstown State (Nov. 12) on the road.
The Salukis, who were 3-8 this past season, will not play North Dakota State in the unbalanced Missouri Valley schedule.
2016 Southern Illinois schedule:
Sept. 3, at Florida Atlanta
Sept. 10, Southeast Missouri State
Sept. 17, Murray State
Oct. 1, at Northern Iowa*
Oct. 8, South Dakota State*
Oct. 15, at Illinois State*
Oct. 22, Indiana State* (Homecoming)
Oct. 29, at Missouri State*
Nov. 5, South Dakota*
Nov. 12, at Youngstown State*
Nov. 19, Western Illinois*
* - Missouri Valley Football Conference game