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SDSU-USD April 10 football game called off due to COVID-19

Neither team has played since March 20

A general view of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings during South Dakota State University's inaugural game in the stadium on Sept. 10, 2016 against Drake University. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
A general view of Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings during South Dakota State University's inaugural game in the stadium on Sept. 10, 2016 against Drake University. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

The South Dakota at South Dakota State football game scheduled for Saturday, April 10 in Brookings has been canceled.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference said the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols involving USD's Tier 1 personnel, which consists of student-athletes, coaches, managers and staff.

The game will not be rescheduled. Fans who purchased single-game tickets will be issued refunds later this week, according to SDSU.

Neither team has played since March 20 due to COVID-19 postponements, cancelations and opt-outs.

It marks the third consecutive game USD (1-3) has had canceled and the fourth overall impacted by COVID-19 during the spring season. Its season opener with Western Illinois on Feb. 19 was postponed to April 17 and home games vs. North Dakota State and Northern Iowa have been canceled. The Coyotes have played just one game at home this season.

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SDSU (4-1) is now scheduled to close out the spring regular season April 17 at North Dakota State, a postponed game from April 3. The contest with the Coyotes is the second game to be canceled since the Jackrabbits last played at Southern Illinois on March 20, a 44-3 SDSU win.

Seven games in the Missouri Valley have been canceled this season due to COVID-19, with a number of postponements, as well. Indiana State opted out of the spring season prior to February and Illinois State shut down its spring season last month after playing four games to focus on the fall.

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