Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
SIU Legend Joe C. Meriweather Passes Away
CARBONDALE -- Joe C. Meriweather passed away Sunday night in Columbus, Georgia at the age of 59. He played three seasons for the Salukis making an impact on the court and in the history books.
Joe C. averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds every night. He earned his place in the Saluki Hall of Fame.
"Joe C. Meriweather was the best big man to play basketball at a place that has played pretty good basketball for a lot of years," said Mike Reis, voice of Saluki Basketball.
Reis was just a fan when Joe C. was playing in the early 1970s. He says the 6' 10" big man would have produced even greater numbers if the NCAA allowed freshmen to play.
"He would be the all-time leading rebounder in school history," Reis explained.
Fred Huff was SIU Sports Information Director at the time; he says the Carbondale campus was electric during basketball season, especially with Joe C. on the floor.
"He was not only a big man on the basketball court, but he was big man on campus," said Huff.
After SIU, Joe C. was a first round draft pick by the Houston Rockets. He made the NBA's all rookie team that year and spent ten seasons in the league playing for five different teams, but he'll always be remembered as a Saluki.
Funeral services for Joe C. Meriweather are pending.
SIU plans to release an all-century basketball team in the coming weeks, Meriweather will be on it.
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