Does DSU-VCSU football game have a future?

Note: This will be a part of my gameday notebook in Saturday’s newspaper.

Ask both Dickinson State head coach Biesiot and Valley City Stat head coach Dennis McCulloch if they’d like their football teams to keep playing and both will give the same answer — with an asterisk.

“I would,” Biesiot said, “if things would break right.”

Next year, DSU will join the Frontier Conference and VCSU is expected to remain an NAIA independent.

That will no doubt limit how many open dates the Blue Hawks have on their schedule. Those open dates — likely in the first three weeks of the season — are typically filled at least two years in advance and options are usually limited.

If Jamestown College finds a conference and drops its status as an NAIA independent, McCulloch said VCSU would likely put the Jimmies first on its list of nonconference opponent priorities. In that case, he said it may leave out opportunities for the Vikings to continue playing DSU.

Saturday will be the 72nd meeting between the Blue Hawks and Vikings, dating back to 1928. VCSU won that first game, 8-0.

“It’s just sad to think that as many years as I’ve been here, and you can’t find a way to play each other,” McCulloch said. “We know it’s going to be tough in scheduling. It’s a sad day when you start to see it all come to an end.”

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