SIU Salukis introduce new logo

SIU Southern Illinois Salukis logo

The Southern Illinois University Salukis have a new, more modern-looking logo.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the new logo is a sideways shot of a Saluki dog's head, with flowing fur and sharp teeth.

SIU Athletic Director Jerry Kill unveiled the new logo during a short ceremony at the SIU arena. He says the logo is the perfect face for his rebuilding athletic department. 

The logo will be phased into uniforms for the university's 17 sports. It also will appear at the center court of SIU Arena and in the middle of the new turf at Saluki Stadium.

Kill says the department could see an increase in merchandise and licensing sales with the new logo. Seventy-five vendors have signed up to sell the new logo on T-shirts and other merchandise.