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The university is conducting a feasibility study to see if a transition to NCAA Division I is possible. At a Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 8, 2021, President Ronald Rochon said I will tell you all right now we do not have a lot of answers, thats why were doing the study.

University admin looks into D1 feasibility, facing faculty pushback

Shelby Clark, Josh Meredith, and Ian Young October 28, 2021

University administration and athletic department are working with members inside and outside the campus community to investigate the feasibility of transitioning the university from Division II to Division...

From the Archive: Looking at the recent History of USI sports

From the Archive: Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor October 14, 2021

Message from 2021-2022 Editorial Staff:  The first issue of The Spartan Shield was published Oct. 15, 1968. The Shield Staff is celebrating The Shield's 53rd birthday by digitally republishing stories...

Bryce Krizan sets the university all time stolen bases record Saturday. Krizan batted over .700 in the weekend series against the University of Missouri in addition to stealing bases.

Baseball player steals the stolen base record

Shelby Clark, Digital Editor April 6, 2021

He spots the pitcher lifting his foot and takes off running for second base. He slides into the bag. The adrenaline rush of stealing another base is pumping through him.  Bryce Krizan, a graduate student...

Former USI athlete Stan Gouard was named the 10th head coach of the mens basketball team. Gouard served 12 years as head coach of the UIndy before returning to USI.

Stan ‘Superman’ Gouard returns to USI as men’s head coach

Riley Guerzini and Nik Cunningham April 7, 2020

USI athletics announced Stan "Superman" Gouard as the new head coach for the men’s basketball team Tuesday afternoon in a Zoom press conference. He will be the 10th men’s head coach in USI’s history. “I...

Coach Rodney Watson talks to the team during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

All sports cancelled until April 6

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor March 17, 2020

The NCAA, GLVC and USI Athletics have cancelled all athletic season games and practices until April 6.  After April sixth the Athletics department will review the situation brought by COVID-19. They...

The USI Cheerleading team looks up at the jumbo Tron during a media time out.

Cheer team places fifth at nationals

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor January 21, 2020

The USI Cheer team finished 5 out of 18 teams in nationals on Jan.18 in Orlando, Florida. The Cheer team was competing in the Division II Small Coed Division for the first time since 2016. “When...

The back row of parking lot C will not be available for public use until completion of phase II of the PAC renovation, which is expected to be done in October of 2020

Column: parking lot continues to close

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor January 21, 2020

A section of parking lot C, in front of the Orr Center, will be closed all day on a few Thursdays and Saturdays because of home basketball games. Despite the lack of parking on campus, the athletics...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor December 3, 2019

There are all sports at USI and only two people manage all of them, Ray Simmons and Dan McDonnell.  Together, they make graphics, write press releases, attend travel games, manage the USI athletics...

Coach Rodney Watson celebrates his 232 career win at USI after defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 82-63 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. Watson announced his retirement Monday.

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor November 19, 2019

Rodney Watson said that one day he might be able to look back and be proud of his accomplishment but Tuesday wasn’t that day. The Men’s basketball head coach, is now USI’s winningest coach...

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Looking at the recent History of USI sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor August 29, 2019

The University of Southern Indiana has not been around very long. It started in the 60s and USI is still going strong today. With everything constantly moving forward, it is always good to look back at...

More than just a president

More than just a president

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor April 24, 2018

The Shield When President Linda Bennett stepped in as the university’s president in July 2009, she was met with unfortunate circumstances. The athletic department, reeling from the recent resignation...

Ernie Brothers, a former guard for the men’s basketball team, goes for a layup during a game in the 1970s. Brothers wil be inducted into the USI Athletic Hall of Fame Friday.

Brothers scores induction

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor February 9, 2016

Ernie Brothers played basketball all his life, but it wasn’t until high school that he became competitive. “Once I started playing as a freshman (in high school), I really enjoyed it,” Brothers...

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