Coyote football team will play at the University of Wisconsin Joel Nielsen, Director of Athletics at The University of South Dakota, has announced that the Coyote football team will play at the University of Wisconsin of the Big Ten Conference in 2011. The game will mark the second straight year that USD will face a school from a BCS (Bowl Championship Series) conference. USD will face the University of Minnesota of the Big Ten Conference in 2010. Wisconsin finished 7-6 a year ago and competed in the Champs Sports Bowl. That Badgers are 28-11 under Bret Bielema, who just completed his third season as the Wisconsin head coach. The Coyotes will also get a chance to play in historic Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., which provides one of the top atmospheres in college football. Camp Randall has a capacity of 80,321 fans and ranks among the nation's largest school-owned stadiums. "It's another step in the Division I process to be accepted by a Big Ten power like the Wisconsin Badgers," USD head football coach Ed Meierkort said. "For me having coached in a Wisconsin league for 11 years, it's going to be a big thrill." "This is a great opportunity for our football team to play in one of the best environments in college football," Nielsen said. "Camp Randall Stadium is a facility that is rich in tradition. USD wants to thank Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez and Coach Bielema for the opportunity." It will mark the second meeting ever between the two programs. The last meeting was in 1975 when Wisconsin beat the Coyotes in Madison, Wis. That was the largest crowd (65,656) a USD football team has ever played in front of. USD will begin its second season of its transition to Division I FCS status in 2009.
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