HS GOLF…Two high school golf events scheduled for Monday were called off.
Golf invitationals at Deubrook and Dell Rapids St. Mary’s were not played due to weather conditions. No word as to whether those events will be rescheduled.
HOFFNER MESS…Former Minnesota State-Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner will clear up uncertainty over whether he’ll go back to his old job.
Hoffner was fired by the school last May after he had been accused – then cleared – of having pornographic images of his own children on his work-issue cell phone.
An arbitrator ruled last week Hoffner was unfairly fired, and ordered he be reinstated with back pay. But in January, Hoffner was hired as head coach at Minot State.
Sioux Falls football coach Jed Stugart has an interest in the outcome – the Cougars open the season with Minot State. 97621 :19 “going to play”.
Stugart says the situation’s unfortunate for players caught in the crossfire, and for the Mankato coaches – if Hoffner reclaims his former job. 97622 :30 “his feet quickly”.
Stugart says he hasn’t spent a lot of time watching the situation.
McCLEMANS…Watertown Arrows head girls’ basketball coach Pat McClemans is stepping down after an 18-year head coaching career.
The Brookings native spent eight years with the Pierre Lady Govs, and the last ten in Watertown, where he won two state titles.
He says the energy just wasn’t there to begin preparations for next season. 97623 :30 “dawn on me”.
McClemans says – good or not – coaching is becoming a year-round thing. 97624 :37 “your program competitive”.
McClemans says Watertown has options for his replacement – either a current assistant, or finding a coach with an open teaching position.
HANSEN TO COYOTES…Former South Dakota State assistant coach Austin Hansen has been named to a similar position at South Dakota.
He spent last season as an assistant coach at Northern Colorado, where he helped lead the Bears to an 18-14 record and a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Prior to that, Hansen served as an assistant at his alma mater, South Dakota State, for five years. He began his career as an assistant at Minnesota State from 2003-08.
At SDSU, Hansen served as the lead recruiter for Nate Wolters, the 38th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft who now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. He also helped lead the Jackrabbits to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013.
Hansen was a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at South Dakota State from 1998-2003.
NDSU WOMEN’S COACH…Maren Walseth has been named the head women's basketball coach at North Dakota State. Walseth replaces Carolyn DeHoff, who resigned after six seasons at NDSU.
Walseth joins the Bison after spending the past seven years as an assistant coach at Penn State, where she helped the Lady Lions to three Big Ten championships, four NCAA tournament appearances and two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.
At Penn State, Walseth was primarily responsible for coaching the post players while also playing a significant role in recruiting and opponent scouting efforts. She was the lead academic liaison for the Lady Lions and coached 32 Academic All-Big Ten recipients.
NCAA UNIONS…The NCAA has provided school leaders with a set of talking points about the potential for a college athletes' union.
Some of the topics were pretty standard. The NCAA argues that it wants athletes focused on classwork rather than money and is working on legislation that would allow schools to provide additional scholarship money to cover the full cost-of-attendance.
The NCAA is also urging school leaders to discuss how unions could lead to less money for Olympic sports programs, the potential loss of academic support and career counseling for athletes and possible scholarship reductions.
NCAA-ENFORCEMENT…Jonathan Duncan has been promoted to head of the NCAA's enforcement division.
NCAA President Mark Emmert removed the interim tag Monday. Duncan is now the vice president of enforcement after taking over a department in turmoil 13 months ago.
When Duncan was hired in March 2013, Emmert said he had 18 months to fix a department that had lost two investigators and two key leaders, including the popular Julie Roe Lach, in less than a year. The department was also tainted by the admission it had improperly collected evidence during an investigation into alleged rules violations at the University of Miami.
Jim Isch, the NCAA's chief operating officer, said Duncan led the department with "exceptional integrity and poise."