South Dakota State's Stiegelmeier retires, goes out on top


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BROOKINGS, S.D. — Longtime South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier announced his retirement less than two weeks after the school won its first Football Championship Subdivision title. Defensive coordinator Jimmy Rogers was named Stiegelmeier's successor and will be introduced at a news conference Friday. Stiegelmeier had been head coach since 1997 when the Jackrabbits were NCAA Division II members. He shepherded the football program's move to Division I beginning in 2004. He was 199-112 over 26 years and led the Jackrabbits to 12 FCS playoff appearances beginning in 2009. The Jacks beat rival North Dakota State 45-21 in the title game Jan. 8.

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