Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


The purpose of this study was ·to present a history of intercollegiate basketball at South Dakota State University showing the growth of and the changes in the basketball program. The study synthesizes sixty-four years, 1905-1969, of intercollegiate basketball at South Dakota State University. The study begins with Chapter I as the introduction. Chapter II covers the period from 1905 to 1918. Chapters II through XI pertain to the period from 1919 to 1969, during which eleven head coaches served. Chapter XII summarizes intercollegiate basketball at South Dakota State University. The investigation indicates that basketball competition was first started within the college in 1905 with the playing of a single game. The scheduling of games was limited by travel, and games were played in poor facilities. The caliber of basketball improved as the number of participants increased sufficiently to permit the hiring of qualified coaches. The formation of a conference brought about new rules and regulations. Scheduling of games was made several years in advance, and there was significant upgrading of the schedule in the area of non-conference games. Financial aid was introduced to help the student athletes obtain an education. Facilities and equipment were constantly improved to provide for an improved caliber of basketball.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University -- Basketball



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South Dakota State University