USD teams up with cable provider to televise Coyote sporting events The University of South Dakota and Midcontinent Communications are teaming up once again to televise live Coyote sporting events in 2009-10. Four Coyote football home games, along with Coyote men's and women's basketball, will be broadcast live in the 2009-10 season. In addition, a Coyote home volleyball match will be televised live for the first time in program history. SD Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen announced the agreement with Midcontinent, which will broadcast the games on Midcontinent channel 23. Midcontinent's service area includes over 240 communities serving over 200,000 customers in South Dakota, North Dakota and Western Minnesota. "This is excellent news for fans of Coyote athletics," said Nielsen. "USD and Midcontinent Communications have enjoyed a great working relationship and we're excited to continue this partnership. Midcontinent's growing network will provide access to Coyote sporting events across the state of South Dakota and in the region. Also, I appreciate Midcontinent's willingness to produce additional programming (volleyball) which provides excellent exposure for USD." "Midcontinent is equally pleased with our growing relationship with Coyote athletics," said Tom Simmons, Midcontinent's senior VP of public policy. "Fan support for these broadcasts has been most rewarding and has clearly demonstrated that Coyote sports broadcasts are a key component of the regional sports coverage our customers have come to expect and appreciate." Midcontinent's football broadcasts include the Coyotes' game against Division I FCS foe Drake University on Sept. 19 (4:05 p.m. kickoff). The next live telecast will take place on Sept. 26 when the Coyotes play host to Division I FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana University at 4:05 p.m. USD's Dakota Days game against UC Davis of the Great West Conference, set for Oct. 10 at 2 p.m., will also be broadcast live. The final football telecast of the year is set for Saturday, Nov. 7 when the Coyotes play host to Southern Utah University of the Great West Conference. In addition, Midcontinent Communications will broadcast several Coyote basketball games live this winter, with the dates yet to be finalized. For the first time ever, Midcontinent will also broadcast a Coyote volleyball match live on Sept. 25 when USD plays host to Seattle University for a 7 p.m. match. Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of approximately 9,200 students taught by 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press.news. Coyote Athletics offers 15 varsity programs, including football which began play in 1889. The USD athletic program is entering its second year of competing at the Division I level. Midcontinent Communications is the Upper Midwest's leading provider of cable television, local and long distance telephone service, broadband Internet access, and cable advertising services to communities in North and South Dakota, and regions in Minnesota. Midcontinent's service area includes over 240 communities serving over 200,000 customers. For more information, please visit Midcontinent's Web site at www.midcocomm.com.