Kratzer announced his retirement as head coach of the South Dakota School of Mines football program, effective at the end of the season, at a Tuesday morning news conference.
“We may be working with some limited scholarship situations because we are not fully funded and playing schools that are.”
Kaiser said NCAA Division II experience is another consideration, as the Hardrockers are in the middle of a transition from NAIA to a more prestigious level of athletics. The Hardrockers are currently without a conference in NCAA Division II, which has led to longer road trips this season to find opponents to play.
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SD Tech is simply not a DII school. When BHSU decided they were going DII, SD Tech basically had to follow because BHSU is the only school that is very close to them. Sadly SD Tech in going to DII and not getting into the RMAC while BHSU did has left Tech in limbo and possibly in DII hell for years and years.
I think Mines had a goal of going D2 back at least as far as 2006. They had a good year last year, and a bad year this year, and it wasn't just getting beat by D2 schools. They got beat this year by DAC schools.
As a D2 school specializing in engineering, they're going to have to do a better job recruiting from all over the country.
Now that Kratzer is retiring, it's an opportunity to go another direction in coaching.
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