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    High School athletics is definitely held in high regard in South Dakota. High Schools schedule their big celebrations/fundraisers (Dakota Bowl, Hub City Bowl, President’s Bowl, etc) on Saturdays. Can you imagine these Saturday High School Bowls happening in Nebraska, Wisconsin or even in Fargo (and maybe they do?).

    To me Saturday’s are for college football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Tibbs View Post
    As someone who has been a student at State within the past decade and who spent a lot of time and energy trying to get students to attend games, Iíll add my 0.02 concerning student attendance. Disclaimer: Iíll probably bring football into this, and I apologize for contributing to thread drift. This will also be very long post, and I apologize for that too.

    1. There is no doubt that the national trend of students not attending games and not caring about school spirit isnít helping. But there are also many places that have been able to avoid that trend. The element of being ďtoo coolĒ for going to games is certainly alive and well though. I shared the story last fall about mentioning the upcoming UNH playoff game to the class on campus I was teaching, and a couple of the students bragged about making it 5 years at State without attending a home game. That element might exist everywhere, but I certainly think SDSU has more than its fair share of it in the student body. I donít know why it exists.
    2. SDSU is a suitcase campus, and that is a huge contributing factor to lower than ideal student turnout. I wish it werenít the case, but students here (and many other places that struggle with this issue) just flat out do not stay on the weekend. Iíd wager to say that in the fall, at least over half of all students are headed home any given weekend, and for freshmen specifically, Iíd place that number closer to 75%. Energy spent incentivizing students to come to games is wasted if they arenít on campus. As of right now, winning teams and new facilities are apparently not enough to keep them around. I really donít know what percent of students who are around on the weekend end up going to games, but Iím guessing itís a higher percent than stay in Brookings to begin with. I donít know how you fix this issue either. I knew a guy who grew up around Fayetteville in the 60ís. Back then, the University of Arkansas had a big problem with keeping freshmen there on the weekend too. Their solution was to make all freshmen take a required course that just happened to meet on Saturdays only. Iím sure it was wildly unpopular, but that just goes to show the lengths some schools have gone to in order to fix this problem.
    3. Students here by and large donít care about any college sports, let alone FCS/Mid Major college sports. Students here are way more concerned with their high schoolís athletic teams than they are the Jacks or the national stage. I grew up in a different state, and it was astounding how few of the people I met while at state cared about college athletics compared to where I was from. Most of the people I met at State would go home every weekend or two. Before anyone comes in with the Ag perspective on why students might be headed home, thereís lots of ag schools out there, and many of them donít struggle with student attendance like we do. If it were only a factor of ag kids going home to help on the farm/ranch, USD would have noticeably higher student attendance than we do. Montana State, NDSU, etc. are all ag schools too. For every ag kid I knew who went home to help on the farm, I knew a townie from Sioux Falls or Mitchell that was headed home to hang out with high school buddies. Thereís a large portion of our student body that arenít into college sports, and that makes engagement with them that much harder.
    4. The worst thing that could have happened for student BBall attendance was splitting up the student section in Frost. Each side is small and awkward feeling, and I think it really kills the student atmosphere for the game. My hope would be that with the renovation coming up, put all the students on a single end. Dedicate a larger area behind one hoop for students, but keep them all together.
    5. Marketing for students could be a lot better. While I was a student, emails about events would be sent out, but the format made them unreadable, and many times the emails were either late, resent, or double sent, and it added to the confusion. Social media etc. may have all been decent, but it wasnít working. Iíll cite my UNH story in my class last Fall again: Not a single student (15+ in my class) had any clue there was a home football game (let alone a playoff game) the following Saturday. This was Thursday. Iíve seen that story repeat itself many times on campus. Iím not sure what the solution is, but whatever the current marketing strategy, I donít think itís working.
    6. Finally, Iíll add that in my experience, SDSU students are in it in for the party, and thatís about it. This feeds right in to point #3, but everything around football (and to a lesser extent basketball) centers around the tailgating and pre/post game party, if they even make it to the game. Case in point: Illinois State football last year (and many other similar games this decade). Our students will show up in force for the first game or two while the weather is nice, Hobo Day, and either USD/NDSU. Playing a nationally ranked Valley team with major playoff implications on a random weekend in October carries about as much weight with them as playing UW-Oshkosh. They are in it for the social element, and thatís about it. Itís the same reason we havenít seen big jumps in attendance with our recent success in football/bball: the success of the team isnít whatís bringing them to games.


    Again, I apologize for the length of the post and the thread drift, but if weíre talking about taking the next step and filling Frost, students are a part of that, and I think weíve got some very difficult issues to solve in that realm.

    Edit: I also don't mean to sound combative or "overly enlightened" in phrasing the beginning of that post in the way that I did. This was simply my experience at SDSU in relatively recent years. Many others may have valid observations and experiences that were vastly different than my own. Feel free to share.
    Well put especially point no 3. Wanting to go home for weekend is as old as the college itself. Being a local and living at home I did not have this problem. I thank you for your efforts and hope there were replacements to carry on this effort to get more students to the game. If I could give double rep points I would.

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    This article about Otz being a hot coaching candidate is relevant to the discussion. The most important part about keeping the momentum we have going will be continuing to hire really good head coaches like Otz has turned out to be. Hopefully he'll be here for a while, but you never know. I'm not that worried about him leaving for another mid major or even a lower 5 school, but if a power 5 school comes calling it's going to be hard to say no, and I'm thinking that will happen sooner than later. If he has sustained success after Daum is gone, you can bet he'll be the hottest coaching candidate out there.

    https://www.midmajormadness.com/2018...ger-basketball

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    This article about Otz being a hot coaching candidate is relevant to the discussion. The most important part about keeping the momentum we have going will be continuing to hire really good head coaches like Otz has turned out to be. Hopefully he'll be here for a while, but you never know. I'm not that worried about him leaving for another mid major or even a lower 5 school, but if a power 5 school comes calling it's going to be hard to say no, and I'm thinking that will happen sooner than later. If he has sustained success after Daum is gone, you can bet he'll be the hottest coaching candidate out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappinHard View Post
    This article about Otz being a hot coaching candidate is relevant to the discussion. The most important part about keeping the momentum we have going will be continuing to hire really good head coaches like Otz has turned out to be. Hopefully he'll be here for a while, but you never know. I'm not that worried about him leaving for another mid major or even a lower 5 school, but if a power 5 school comes calling it's going to be hard to say no, and I'm thinking that will happen sooner than later. If he has sustained success after Daum is gone, you can bet he'll be the hottest coaching candidate out there.

    https://www.midmajormadness.com/2018...ger-basketball
    Did someone say the Missouri Valley isn't a step up from the Summit League? I understand this is just an article but this tidbit from this article would disagree with that statement:

    That may be enough for Otzelberger to stay relevant and leave only for the perfect opportunity. In essence, he may be able to skip a move to a league like the Missouri Valley and jump directly into a power conference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTownJack View Post
    Did someone say the Missouri Valley isn't a step up from the Summit League? I understand this is just an article but this tidbit from this article would disagree with that statement:

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    I think the article is essentially stating that the Mo Valley would be a step up from the Summit, but because of his situation he might as well wait for a jump to the power 5.

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    Well, there are two ways to look at it. We could have the problem of having a successful program where we are constantly wondering when our coach will be plucked by a "better job". Or, we could have a problem like they have at NDSU where they are wondering if they have the right guy for their program.

    I like where we are at. Personally, I hope TJ and team have an unreal year, he becomes an even hotter prospect, and elects to stay at SDSU because he loves it here. He could stay here, make a very nice living, have a great life, and be SDSU's coach for as long as he wants. Pipe dream? Probably is. One way or the other, let's keep it rolling. Our problems are good problems.

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    Here is a cool link. Frost Arena #10 toughest places to play. Gonzaga and SDSU only none power 5 to make the list.

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...ege-basketball

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    Quote Originally Posted by hometownjack View Post
    Here is a cool link. Frost Arena #10 toughest places to play. Gonzaga and SDSU only none power 5 to make the list.

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...ege-basketball
    Thanks for the article link. Interesting we are second on the list for lowest number of loses at home with 19. Only Kansas has fewer with 15 loses this decade. Sounds like Jackrabbit fans go home in a good mood when they play in Frost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hometownjack View Post
    Here is a cool link. Frost Arena #10 toughest places to play. Gonzaga and SDSU only none power 5 to make the list.

    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball...ege-basketball
    Thought the article was interesting. It said that SDSU is 118-19 for a 86.13% winning percentage this century which would include the transition years that we bumpy to say the least. So, I went to the media guide to look up a couple numbers. It turns out that is the record in the last decade. Since the turn of the century we are 203-49 at home for a is an 80.55% mark.

    THE LAST FIVE YEARS??? 90-5 for a whopping 94.74% winning margin.

    Yeah, we are pretty good at home. Can't imagine there are even a handful of teams that can sniff that. We've been in the hunt for the longest home winning streak several times in that stretch.

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