CFB: Coyotes season ends with second COVID cancellation

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VERMILLION, S.D. ( —South Dakota’s football season has come to a close, following a cancellation with South Dakota State due to COVID-19 and Western Illinois’ decision to opt out of its remaining games.

USD athletic director David Herbster announced Tuesday that the team is no longer seeking a replacement game for April 17.

South Dakota’s spring slate was impacted perhaps more than any other inside the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season. COVID-19 postponed the scheduled home and season opener against Western Illinois on Feb. 19. The Coyotes played four games, but COVID-19 cases cancelled the last three including this week’s scheduled game in Brookings.

The Coyotes have an 11-game schedule set for this fall. It starts with a Big 12 matchup at Kansas on Sept. 4. The home opener is the following week against Northern Arizona on Sept. 11.