Here is part of a story from the Sioux Falls, SD newspaper. It talks about SDSU's upcoming football schedules. As you can see in the article the GWC (or whatever they end up calling it) the new football only conf. that the Mid-Con is will be administrating, has been a big help for us.
I also noticed that we are set to play Valpo in '05. Between the Mid-Con's administration of a football only leauge (that has current Mid-Con member SUU in it), our playing current Mid-Con member Valpo, and news coming out of the Mid-Con, I am speculating that SDSU is moving ever closer to being asked to join the Mid-Con for all sports except football (along with NDSU & UNC).
Playing Valpo also got me thinking about an idea that Quinn had posted a little while ago. Namely that the Mid-Con would sponsor football outright with some "California Football Only" members. This lead me to wonder, wouldn't Valpo be a great member if they wanted to start offering scholarships. If they did and a Mid-Con football conf. took off, it would give Valpo a chance at the I-AA playoffs. Something they will never get in the Pioneer Leauge. To quote an old song, "things that make you go hmmm".
From the Argus:
Much travel awaits SDSU's football team
Jackrabbits scheduled to make three trips to California next fall
BROOKINGS - South Dakota State University released nine games on its travel-filled 2004 football schedule Wednesday.
The announcement came on the NCAA's national signing day, the first day recruits cuold officially join SDSU's program in its trek to Division I-AA.
The Jackrabbits will venture to Georgia, Montana and Colorado, along with making three trips to California next season, their first at the I-AA level.
SDSU will also play five home games at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, for a total of 11 games. A home contest against North Dakota State still sits as tentative as a date is worked out. Hobo Day will be on Oct. 23, but the opponent is yet to be determined.
"It really fell into shape," SDSU football coach John Stiegelmeier said. "I think one of the things that helped out was the push to try to get this conference accelerated. People, I think, adjusted some of their schedules (to fit in SDSU)."
Games with five of the six other schools that are in the final stages of forming a I-AA football league with SDSU are also on tap. Along with NDSU, those schools are California-Davis, St. Mary's (Calif.), Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Northern Colorado. Only Southern Utah is not on the schedule.
But perhaps the most pleasing news to football purists in the state is the Jackrabbits have cemented a game with Augustana for Nov. 6 in Brookings.
"I'm happy that it worked out," said Vikings coach Jim Heinitz, himself an SDSU alum. "Every team in the NCC has a bye, and we wanted to play someone of quality. SDSU was open and we were open, so it was good for everyone. I believe it's a good idea to maintain that rivalry."
In all, SDSU's I-AA travel will entail nearly 6,500 miles between Brookings and the other universities. Last season, the Jackrabbit football squad logged just over 2,000 miles to five road games. That included trips to Western Oregon and Winona State.
The 2004 schedule has only three Division II opponents -ÊAugustana, Winona State and Western Oregon. The University of South Dakota, the Jackrabbits' chief rival in Division II, has been scheduled, and the Coyotes do not have any open dates that coincide with those on SDSU's list.
The Jacks' most interesting game is at Georgia Southern on Oct. 30 in Statesboro, Ga. The Eagles, who play at Division I-A Georgia to open the season, finished 7-4 in 2003 but are typically a perennial I-AA power. . .
. . .In releasing this fall's slate, SDSU also teased its 2005 schedule by revealing four already-set games against I-AA opponents:
• At Northern Iowa on Sept. 17, 2005;
• Home against Cal-Davis on Oct. 8, 2005;
• Home against St. Mary's on Oct. 22, 2005;
• And home against Georgia Southern on Oct. 29, 2005.
Stiegelmeier also said a tentative agreement has been hashed out for 2005 with Valparaiso in Indiana.
"You're always working ahead," he said. "I'm going to be calling some I-A schools, the lower echelon. As we work to get this conference going, I've got to check out anybody."