992 miles: that’s the distance the University of South Dakota will be traveling when it plays West Texas A&M next fall.
It is getting there by bus.
The Coyotes are hitting the highway because it already has plane trips to Central Washington and McNeese State (La.). True, the players are young bucks and can handle a long road trip. But I still wouldn’t want to be 6-5, 310, beat up after a football game and want to get back on a bus for an all-night ride.
USD is making its Division I move beginning in 2008. A concern has been the ability of the school to handle the bigger budget. When your marquee sport has to bus 992 miles, that concern is validated.