Tom Nieman

Who Knows?

South Dakota State kicks off the football season Saturday night at home against Butler.  And while we (men, sports guys) don’t know much about much, here is what we do know. What we know about:  SDSU’s football team The Jacks went 9-4 last year.  They made the playoffs.  They won a playoff game.  They graduated some really good players...
Filed Under Football | College | South Dakota State University

Tough Calls

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has recommended several changes for the upcoming season.  The changes will likely be approved on June 18 and go into effect this November. The most notable, in my mind, is an adjustment in the block/charge call… the toughest and most controversial whistle in the game. The most recent change in this...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Total Speculation

Totally unconfirmed reports from a dubious and non-existent source in the Chicagoland area indicate that the Summit League will cease to exist immediately. Oakland University has taken its ball and gone (closer to) home to the Horizon League. Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne has discontinued all athletic programs and will...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Summit League Survival

SUMMIT LEAGUE MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING OAKLAND UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTURE “Oakland University has been a member of The Summit League for the past 15 years and we wish them well in the future. In the ever-changing college athletics landscape, this move was rumored and anticipated for several months. Although it comes at a very late time in the year,...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Williams and Williams

When asked recently, “Who moves around more?” local groups of nomads and gypsies both answered-----college basketball coaches. “They never stay put!” said Shifty Johnson, well-known vagabond. Every college basketball coach should know a travel agent and a realtor and have kids that believe in “new adventures”. (This is just an...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Football Class Warfare Part 2 (Ratios)

To keep pace with South Dakota (obviously kidding), the Minnesota State High School League has added a 7th class of high school football.  6A will be made up of the 32 largest schools and will begin play this fall. (The MSHSL actually approved the addition in April 2011.) Minnesota has a state population of around 5, 345,000 (July 2011...
Filed Under Football