3/25 Bidwell's Blog: Murray State close to deal with SIU
The wait appears to be nearly over. After a six-year hiatus, Murray State coach Steve Prohm told me today he is close to finalizing a deal for the Racers to resume their series with Southern Illinois in the 2013-14 season. After playing in Billy Kennedy's first-year in 2006-07, the series ended despite there being one year left on the contract. Kennedy and then-SIU coach Chris Lowery were unable to agree on a date for the 2007-08 season and the series was ended. I've been pretty vocal over the years that this series absolutely needed to resume -- sooner than later. Prohm and SIU's Barry Hinson talked about playing last season, but Hinson wanted to wait a little while before starting the series again as he was trying to rebuild that Saluki program from the ground up. Again, that wait looks to be all but over.
Murray is also scheduled to play at Dayton again in the final year of their three-year contract. Prohm told me he is trying to move that game to 2014-15. With so many road games already on the board for next year, that would make sense. He's also trying to get the Racers into another multi-team event, such as The Charleston Classic in 2012, which will give Murray State a chance to play several high-major schools on a neutral floor -- depending on who else plays in that event.