Coyote football begins spring season March 24

Are you ready for some football?

The University of South Dakota head football coach Joe Glenn announced Friday the 2012 spring football schedule beginning Saturday, March 24 in Sioux City, IA, at Morningside College's Elwood Olsen Stadium and the time hasn't been set yet.

The Coyotes will have 14 practices leading up to the annual red/white exhibition spring game set for April 21 at 1 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

The annual red/white spring game is free and open to the public.

Following the practice on the 24th, the Coyotes return to Vermillion and will practice on the fields east of the DakotaDome (weather-permitting) beginning March 26 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. South Dakota also will hold a practice in Sioux Falls on April 14, as the time has not yet been determined.

Glenn was hired in December as the 29th football coach in school history. He inherits a squad that finished 6-5 overall last season and 2-2 in the Great West Conference and was ranked as high as 14th nationally. The Coyotes move into the Missouri Valley Football Conference this season as a full-fledged FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) member and are eligible for the postseason.

In his initial recruiting class, Glenn and his staff inked 18 student-athletes, along with three junior college transfers and three walk-ons for a total of 24 National or Institutional Letters of Intent which were signed on National Signing Day Feb. 2, 2012. A number of the signees already have enrolled and are on campus for the spring semester.

2012 Spring Schedule (Subject to Change)

March 24 – Practice 1 (Sioux City, IA, Morningside College's Elwood Olsen Stadium, time not yet determined)

March 26 – Practice 2 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

March 28 – Practice 3 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

March 30 – Practice 4 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

March 31 – Practice 5 (Vermillion, TBA time)

April 2 – Practice 6 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 4 – Practice 7 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 5 – Practice 8 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 11 – Practice 9 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 13 – Practice 10 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 14 – Practice 11 (Sioux Falls, time and place not yet determined)

April 16 – Practice 12 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 18 – Practice 13 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 20 – Practice 14 (Vermillion, 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

April 21 – Annual Red/White Spring Exhibition Game (DakotaDome, 1 p.m.)

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