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Salukis Embrace New Digs, High Expectations
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Coach Dale Lennon isn't so worried that his Salukis might buckle under the pressure of being the overwhelming pick to win their third-straight Missouri Valley Conference football title.

It's the new digs that give the coach cause for pause.

Next month, Southern christens its fancy, 15,000-seat replacement of McAndrew Stadium. Lennon worries that the glitz of the new stadium could take the Salukis' eye off snagging their sixth conference crown in eight years and their eighth-straight playoff berth.

The Salukis open the season at home Sept. 2 against the NAIA's Quincy. SIU comes back with more than half of their starters gone from last season's 11-2 team.

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