South Dakota State Jackrabbits
|South Dakota State Jackrabbits|
|University||South Dakota State University|
|Conference(s)||The Summit League
Missouri Valley Football Conference
|Athletic director||Justin Sell|
|Football stadium||Coughlin-Alumni Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Frost Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Erv Huether Field|
|Colors||Blue and Yellow
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are the 19 intercollegiate teams representing South Dakota State University that compete in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I (for football: Football Championship Subdivision). SDSU is currently a member of the Summit League, the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Western Wrestling Conference and Varsity Equestrian. The university won numerous conference championships and several national titles including the NCAA College Division national title in men's basketball in 1963 and the NCAA Division II national title in women's basketball in 2003.
The Jackrabbit football team qualified for the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs in 2009 (losing to Montana I in the first round), the school's second year of FCS post-season eligibility since moving from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. The Jackrabbits qualified for the FCS playoffs in 2012, winning their first game against Ohio Valley Conference champs Eastern Illinois before falling to Missouri Valley Football Conference rival North Dakota State, the eventual national champion.
The 2011-2012 season marked the fifth-consecutive trip to the NCAA National Tourney for the Jackrabbit women's basketball team, capping a season in which the Jackrabbits won the regular-season Summit League title and their fifth consecutive Summit League Tourney title.
The Jackrabbit men qualified for its first NCAA Division I National Tourney last season (2012-2013) following a second-place regular season finish in the Summit League and winning the Summit League Tourney title.
The Jackrabbit baseball team qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tourney and traveled to Eugene, OR, losing the first game to eventual regional champ Oregon and then being eliminated by the University of San Francisco in a 13-inning defensive battle.
Notable athlete alumni
- Cleveland L. Abbott — long-time educator and coach at [Tuskegee University]; namesake of Tuskegee's Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium (football stadium)
- Colin Cochart — tight end for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals
- Rod DeHaven — 2000 Olympic Marathoner.U.S. Olympic Trials Champion
- Steve Heiden — former tight end for the NFL's Cleveland Browns; formerly of San Diego Chargers
- Jim Langer — former Miami Dolphin and Super Bowl Winner, elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987
- Paul Miller — former halfback for the NFL's Green Bay Packers
- Josh Ranek — running back for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos; formerly of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa Renegades
- Wayne Rasmussen — former defensive back for the NFL's Detroit Lions
- Pete Retzlaff — former 5 time pro-bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles and President of the NFL Players Association
- Caleb Thielbar - baseball player
- Adam Timmerman — former guard for the NFL's St Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers 2-time Super Bowl winner
- Adam Vinatieri — 4 time super bowl winning kicker for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts
- Nate Wolters - Guard for the NBA Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.