On Wednesday I was given the opportunity to catch up with the leader of a team that has had a rough few years as Head Coach of the South Dakota Coyotes. Coach Joe Glenn is very much a family man – I was surprised to find out that he was one of twelve children growing up. He followed his dream and ended up playing at South Dakota and in December of 2011 he became their head coach. In his few years at the helm the team has had their growing pains.
From not having the talent on the field to losing the majority of their games last season, six by three points or less, the chance to come and play against an opponent like Oregon, although many seem to know the outcome, is considered a building block for the entire 2014 season for Glenn and his team, “the only thing I can do is to get our team to play as hard and couragous, and as tough as the possibly can and understand the speed of the game will be different…it doesn’t make any different about the effort that we give and the ability to get better from this game.”
In looking at South Dakota team on paper, there are a few players on offense and defense that stand out, but it does not even come close to the household names on the Oregon Ducks roster or the bevy of overall talent at pretty much every position that Oregon instills, “the question mark we have right now is our defense, our front is going to be fine, our secondary is all underclassmen and I think they are good athletes, but they are going to have to get experience and up to par to have the kind of season we want.”
Oregon is led by Quarterback Marcus Mariota and Glenn knows his team will be in for a long game on Saturday, “we understand the odds and understand that the odds are against us, but we continue our effort with great conviction.”
Oregon hosts South Dakota on Saturday at 7:30pm Pacific Time. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.