Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this study was to present a history of intercollegiate football at South Dakota State University showing the growth and changes in the football program. The scope of the study synthesizes seventy-nine years of intercollegiate football at South Dakota State University from 1889 to 1967. The study begins with Chapter 1 as the Introduction. Chapter II covers the period from 1889 to 1911. Chapter III through Chapter IX pertain to the period from 1912 to 1967, as seven head coaches served during this period. Chapter X consists of the summary of intercollegiate football at South Dakota State University. Gleanings from the investigation indicated that football competition was first instigated within the college by interested students and little stress was placed on organization. Participants were self-coached and furnished their own equipment. Regulations covering eligibility were very lenient. The scheduling of games was limited due to travel and games were played during daylight hours. The caliber of' football improved as the number of participants increased which brought about the addition of qualified coaches to the coaching staff. Pre-season training camps were established. A conference was formed which brought about-new rules and regulations. Scheduling of games was made several years in advance and there was a noted up-grading of the schedule as far as playing nonconference games. The erection of lights brought about the playing of night football games. Financial aid was introduced to help student athletes obtain an education. Facilities and equipment were constantly improved to provide for the safety of the athletes.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Football -- South Dakota




South Dakota State University