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, http://www.southernillinoisan.com
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