Coyotes ready to begin spring football season

Photo: Brent Nathaniel

VERMILLION, S.D. ( — After being delayed a week due to their COVID-19 protocols, South Dakota football is ready to begin their eight game Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule this Saturday.

The Coyotes come into this year after a 5-7 2019 season. The Yotes have not played since November 23rd, 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the fall 2020 regular season to the spring of this year. Coach Bob Nielson talks about adjusting to playing the regular season in the spring:

With the extra time off during the fall, Coach Nielson says one of their focuses has been on younger player development:

Nielson talks about sharing the Dome with other teams:

South Dakota opens the regular season at Illinois State. Kickoff slated for noon.  The South Dakota-Western Illinois that was scheduled for Friday, February 19th at the DakotaDome has been rescheduled for April 17th.

All eight South Dakota Coyote football games can be heard again this season on 1480 KSDR-AM.