The University of South Dakota women’s basketball team left Sunday for Australia. It’s a bonding trip with some basketball mixed in. The girls will play three games in Australia and get the chance to do some exploring as well. Fortunately for the team they have native Australian Jasmine Trimboli to help show the way. I had the chance to catch up with Trimboli, Caitlin Duffy and head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to talk about the trip before they departed.
This morning on my radio show, “On the John”, which airs Monday through Friday from 9-11am CT on ESPN Radio 1570, I was joined by former USD defensive coordinator and current Rocky Mountain College head football coach Jason Petrino. The Battlin’ Bears just wrapped up the spring season. Coach Petrino talks about his new job, his time at USD, Carson Wentz – who he game planned against, and Drew Iddings getting a chance in the NFL.
Today the University of South Dakota held a press conference to announce the retirement of Joe Glenn as the head football coach. As Glenn entered a quiet, somber ballroom at the Muenster University Center he shouted “This isn’t a funeral”, which followed with laughter from those in attendance.
USD Sports Information Director Bryan Boettcher welcomed those in attendance before turning it over to Athletic Director David Herbster who thanked Coach Glenn for his time and effort as the head coach of the football program before giving the floor to Glenn.
Joe Glenn delivered the following statement:
After the statement Coach Glenn took questions from the media in attendance:
Per USD Athletic Director David Herbster the search for a new football coach begins immediately.
The worst sight on a football field is when a player falls to the ground and doesn’t get up. It’s sickening when they aren’t moving. As a fan, player, coach, etc you hope for even the slightest movement. Something to make you feel as if the player is going to be OK.
Earlier this season South Dakota traveled to Macomb, Ill. for a conference game against Western Illinois. In the first half right guard Sam McLeran pulled around the left side and double-teamed a linebacker as he’s done many times before. Sam fell to the ground and didn’t get up. The training staff for South Dakota rushed onto the field, joined by staffers from Western Illinois. After an on-field evaluation the ambulance was called onto the field. Sam’s dad and brother walked onto the field to be with Sam as he was strapped onto a backboard and loaded into an ambulance. Players and coaches from both teams sat on a knee, concerned for Sam’s health. Fans prayed. There was encouraging applause as Sam was lifted into the ambulance and again as the ambulance drove off the field. Continue reading →
It’s the only way to describe the feeling in Fargo on Saturday. I have had the opportunity to be around the South Dakota football team for three seasons. I was on the sidelines through many losses, there for the upset of then-No.5 Northern Iowa in 2013, I’ve seen them win non-conference games at home and a fun victory on Dakota Days a couple years ago.
There is usually a large following for men’s basketball bracketology as the season gets closer to the end. And I think women’s basketball following is certainly growing. How early do you start watching the bracket predictions? Do the predictions matter to you at all? Obviously none of the predictions mean that is what will happen at the end of the season or have any bearing on the selection committee decisions, but it’s still fun to follow. Especially if you have a horse in the race.
Brecketologists pretty much look at how teams are currently doing and then decide who is better of their seed groupings and start to put the bracket together. For most mid-major conferences they look at who the current team is at the top of the standings and put them into the projection. That is how we find South Dakota in the women’s basketball bracketology. Continue reading →
Al McGuire Center at Marquette University. South Dakota earned a 69-65 win over the Big East Golden Eagles on Sunday.
It’s been a little while since I shared some thoughts on South Dakota women’s basketball. If you haven’t been paying attention the Coyotes have won two straight and are 4-2 on the season after a win over Marquette on Sunday. Any time a mid-major can get a win over a bigger conference opponent you really appreciate the effort. Marquette, of course from the Big East Conference, is that win for the Coyotes. After letting Kansas slip away and watching Washington’s offense come alive this was the last chance – until the postseason – to get this type of win. And they did. Continue reading →