Two 2011 NCAA tournament teams highlight the 2011-12 campaign for the University of South Dakota men's basketball team.
The Coyotes will face NCAA tournament teams Morehead State and Oakland along with NIT qualifier Nebraska. USD also will renew rivalries with South Dakota State and North Dakota State in 2011-12, marking the first meetings since the 2003-04 season.
In addition, the Coyotes join the Summit League in 2011-2012 and will play a full 18-game conference slate. South Dakota will not be eligible for the Summit League Championship Tournament in Sioux Falls in March, as this is the final year of the transition to Division I.
We look forward to playing a very competitive schedule and learning about the Summit League, Boots said. We know there will be many challenges ahead.
USD's full schedule is in Scoreboard on Page 3B.
Broncs in White River
A Saddle Bronc Chute-Out will be Saturday at the White River rodeo arena.
A calcutta will begin at 12:30 p.m. with riding to start at 1 p.m. Twenty-three top riders from seven states will be competing for $7,300 in prize money.
The top 12 riders in the first round will return for a second round. The final round will consist of the top six riders from the second round. A percentage of the prize money will be paid during each round.
Prior to the finals, a youth bull riding round will take place, with up to eight high school bull riders competing for a prized belt buckle.
Sport grows in Pine Ridge
South Dakota soccer veterans David Rooks and Doug Noyes are helping bring soccer to the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The men are getting help and support from Red Cloud Indian School, Oglala Lakota College and other tribal leaders. Youth teams were started last year, and more were developed this fall, according to the Rapid City Journal.
Jack makes impression
There was a story on the Cincinnati Bengals web site by Geoff Hobson about how undrafted rookie tight end Colin Cochart is making a good impression on his new team. Cochart is a South Dakota State graduate.