USD-SDSU Football Game Cancelled

South Dakota players and fans react to a fourth quarter fumble recovery that sealed the Coyotes' 24-21 victory over South Dakota State in their Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup at the end of the 2019 regular season. The first matchup since that game, scheduled for Saturday, April 10, was cancelled due to a Tier 1 positive COVID test within the USD program.

VERMILLION — The 2020-21 University of South Dakota football season has come to an end.

USD announced Monday afternoon that its April 10 contest with South Dakota State University was cancelled due to a positive test with USD’s Tier-1 personnel. Later on Monday, Western Illinois, which USD was scheduled to play on April 17 to end the regular season, opted out of its final two games.

"As we evaluated our current situation, in terms of the numbers of players available, and specifically at a few key positions, I believe it is in the best interest of our team to forego the remaining two games of the spring season," said Western Illinois head coach Jared Elliott.

"I could not be prouder of how our guys have battled through unprecedented challenges due to COVID and lack of depth. This was not an easy decision, we enjoy every opportunity to compete, but I feel this is the right one for the health and safety of our players. We are excited and committed to putting a healthy and hungry Leatherneck football team on the field this fall."

Prior to Monday, USD had seen its game cancelled in three consecutive weeks: March 20 against North Dakota, March 27 against North Dakota State and April 2 against Northern Iowa. The UND and NDSU games were cancelled due to positive tests within their programs, while the UNI cancellation was due to a positive test for USD.

USD’s last game was a 28-10 loss at Youngstown State March 20. The Coyotes have lost three straight after a season-opening win at Illinois State, and will finish the season at 1-3.

South Dakota State, 4-2, will end its 2020-21 regular season against North Dakota State on April 17.

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