College Football

Coyotes & Griz Opener Key To Both Teams Playoff Hopes

USD Hosts Montana Next Saturday At 1 PM

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  A week from today the University of South Dakota kicks off the 2019 season looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since Chris Streveler’s 2017 senior year. And as unlikely as it sounds, those playoff hopes may hinge on winning the season opener against Montana. Once the premier program in the FCS, Montana has…

Dawn Of A New Era At Quarterback For South Dakota State

J'Bore Gibbs Replaces Taryn Christion Under Center Next Thursday At Minnesota

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  As Taryn Christion re-wrote the South Dakota State record book last year, he had a shadow. “He was actually my mentor. I actually lived with him in the summer when I got here so I would go to him asking questions. Any time we had home games, any time the offense got of the field I would…

Augie Football Looks To Make Their Mark As Division Two Days Draw To A Close

Vikings Coming Off 7-4 Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  It was media day this afternoon for Augustana football and the rest of their fall sports as the question of when they’ll join former in-state rivals SDSU and USD in Division One continues to hang over head. Though nobody knows when Augustana will make the transition or what league football would end up in, the reality…

Cougars Looking To Be Back in Post Season

Cougars Looking To Be Back in Post Season

SIOUX FALLS, SD… The USF football team went 7-4 last season and didn’t make the playoffs despite the great season from the offense and Gabe Watson in particular who rushed for almost 2,000 yards. And that is their goal in 2019, the return to the post season. Gabe Watson, USF All-American RB says: “It’s an expectation around here that we’re…

Cimpl Hopes Youthful Dakota Wesleyan Keeps It Simple In 2019

Tigers Looking To Bounce Back After 2-9 Season

As the state amateur baseball tournament concludes the eyes of Mitchell start to turn toward footballs season with Dakota Wesleyan looking to bounce back from a rare down year. The Tigers open the season a week from Thursday night in Madison at Dakota State looking to end a three game losing streak against their arch rivals.  Last year’s 27-18 loss…

Confident Austin Simmons In Command Of Coyotes

Senior Enters Second Season As Starting Quarterback

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  The University of South Dakota kicks off year two with Austin Simmons under center two weeks from today when they host Montana. He certainly had big shoes to fill this time last year replacing Walter Payton Award runner up Chris Streveler and, for the most part, Simmons up to the task.  Austin threw for more than 3100…

Jacks Stacked At Running Back

SDSU Will Lean On Stable Of RB's As New Quarterback Developes

BROOKINGS, S.D.  — Five years after graduating all-time leading rusher Zach Zenner, South Dakota State is poised to have it’s best rushing attack since his departure behind a deep and talented group of backs. The feature back is sophomore Pierre Strong, who ran for nearly 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns despite not becoming the starter until the 8th game of…

Augie Must Finish Stronger in 2019

Augie Must Finish Stronger in 2019

SIOUX FALLS, SD… The Augustana Vikings are looking to improve upon their 7-4 record from last year. It was a good solid record, but the players and coaches know they could easily have increased their win total by finishing stronger in close games. Head coach Jerry Olszewski is excited about this year’s version of the Vikings led by 3-year starting…

Dakota State Looking For Big Bounce Back Season

Dakota State Looking For Big Bounce Back Season

MADISON, SD… The Dakota State football program had been making consistent improvement every season under Head Coach Josh Anderson, a Madison native.  But 2018 was a year to forget as they slipped back to 3-8. That is not something the Trojans want to experience again says Anderson who’s team has worked very hard in the off-season to be ready for…

Greenfield Gets Defensive for USD

Greenfield Gets Defensive for USD

VERMILLION, SD…Since the day Darin Greenfield’s grandfather introduced him to the game of football…. “I don’t ever want to be the guy that’s like stuck up, won’t talk to anybody. I want to be the guy that’s out here having fun because, if you come out to practice and you have just a crappy mentality, you’re just trying to get…

Jacks Driven To Break Through & Make FCS Championship Game

SDSU Coming Off Consecutive Semifinal Appearances

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  South Dakota State has been on the cusp of the FCS National Championship game over the last two seasons. Begging the question of what it will take to get over the hump. The Jackrabbits have been bounced on the road in the FCS Semifinals in consecutive years at James Madison and North Dakota State.  Though the program…

New Coaches & New Attitude For Coyote Defense

USD Shakes Up Defensive Coaching Staff Entering 2019

Though the Coyote football team has had a high powered offense capable of matching most anyone in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, it’s not lost on them that the team winning the conference every year, North Dakota State, is doing it with dominant defense. Something the Coyote defense was anything but last year. USD gave up the third most yards…

Penner’s Fire Ignites Dordt Football

Defenders Picked To Finish Third In GPAC

SIOUX CENTER, IA  —  Few football programs in the region, if not the country, have gone through as dramatic a change in culture as the Dordt Defenders under fourth year head coach Joel Penner. In the five years prior to his arrival Dordt won just ten games while losing 45. Over the three years under his watch they’ve nearly doubled…

USD Opens Fall Football Camp

Coyotes Kick Off 2019 In Four Weeks

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  The fourth year of the Bob Nielson era at the University of South Dakota officially began this afternoon with the Coyotes eying a return to the FCS Playoffs.  USD opened their fall football camp with practice on a rainy afternoon in Vermillion just four weeks away from their season opener on August 31st at the Dakota Dome…

Rozeboom and Greenfield Named to Buchanon Watch List

Rozeboom and Greenfield Named to Buchanon Watch List

CHICAGO — South Dakota State University linebacker Christian Rozeboom is one of 25 players under consideration for the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award. The initial watch list for the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision was announced Thursday. A senior from Sioux Center, Iowa, Rozeboom has been named to the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference First Team each of…

Northwestern Returns Plenty of Talent

Northwestern Returns Plenty of Talent

SIOUX CITY. IA… The Red Raiders of Northwestern are picked to finish 2nd in the GPAC behind the national champions from Morningside. But when you consider that they lost only 42-34 to Morningside last year and went 8-1 in the league and 9-1 overall before a first round upset in the playoffs, there’s reason for this team to be very…

Pierre’s Grey Zabel Chooses NDSU

Pierre's Grey Zabel Chooses NDSU

PIERRE, SD… He could have played college baseball at SDSU, but Pierre’s Grey Zabel has committed to college football for the Bison of NDSU. Zabel is 6’5, 240 pounds and plays both offensive and defensive line. He’ll play on the offensive side of the ball in college. He’s been a part of Pierre’s last two state 11AA championship teams, playing…

Nielson Gets 5-Year Extension at USD

Nielson Gets 5-Year Extension at USD

VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota Athletic Director David Herbster has announced a five-year contract with head football coach Bob Nielson. The announcement follows another milestone year for Nielson, who surpassed 200 collegiate victories last season. “Bob is a proven leader who has laid a solid foundation for our program as we build a championship culture,” said Herbster. “I look forward to watching…

Woodley Excited for Challenge to Start Another Football Program

Woodley Excited for Challenge to Start Another Football Program

YANKTON, SD… New Mount Marty head football coach Mike Woodley has done this before. And he couldn’t resist the temptation to do it again-start a program from scratch. He won an NAIA National Title at Grand View in 2013 and was going to coach 1 more year and retire. But when the offer to start a football team with the…

Mike Woodley Named Mount Marty’s 1st Football Coach

Mike Woodley Named Mount Marty's 1st Football Coach

YANKTON, S.D – Two months ago Mount Marty College (MMC) announced the addition of football to the school’s growing list of varsity athletic offerings. Today, the College is excited to announce the hiring of the program’s inaugural head coach, Mike Woodley. Coach Woodley, currently the head coach at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, has agreed to take on…