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SIU courting St. Louis Rams' training camp

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Southern Illinois University is playing offense in trying to bring the NFL's St. Louis Rams to Carbondale, at least for a few weeks of training camp.  

The Southern Illinoisan reports Rams officials visited the campus in March while shopping for a new site for offseason workouts, if there's no lockout as part of a festering labor dispute.  

The franchise is expected to make a decision in April.  

The newspaper reports that Southern Illinois, with a new football stadium, is said to be in the running with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo. That's a Division II school.  

Southern's athletic director, Mario Moccia, says there'd be no bigger home run for the community than having an NFL team come in for a few weeks. 

Information from: Southern Illinoisan,  

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