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Published November 23, 2009, 09:19 AM

Coach Bohl expects turn around after worst season with the Bison

(WDAY Sports) - The South Dakota State football staff and 15 others are concentrating on the first round of the playoffs tonight. Craig Bohl meanwhile, is all about recruiting.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY



(WDAY Sports) - The South Dakota State football staff and 15 others are concentrating on the first round of the playoffs tonight. Craig Bohl meanwhile, is all about recruiting. His Bison went 3-8 in the worst of his seven seasons, but he believes next year at this time, he could be game planning for the playoffs.

“We have our goal in sight to make the playoffs. I think it's a tough thing to do; it’s certainly what our goal is to be. Let me go thru spring football, see how some of our younger players progress.”

Is there a certain number of wins you need to get next year to feel comfortable about your chances to come back the year after that?

“I always think those evaluations are up to the Athletic Director, I certainly think that our football program needs to be moving forward, wins and losses is certainly one way to gauge that, there's a whole host of ways to gauge it, I’m confident that we'll play better next year.”

One thing I can't figure out this year, Mike Breske comes in with a tremendous resume, top ten Defense at Wyoming, yet there were times this year, guys out of position, tackling wasn't very good, D-backs didn't challenge for the ball very well, how do you explain it?

“When you have players that are coming back at different positions and they get injured, a lot of those things are challenging. We need to take a hard look and improve, our building block at NDSU has been on defense, statistically on defense we weren't good, but there are a lot of different elements that go into it, we've got to take a broad look at it, but we've got to play better defense.”

You've said there were a couple years that the recruiting wasn't up to where you expected to, what happened during that gap?

“I think there were a lot of things that come into play. You go out and make decisions; we made decisions at the wide receiver spot that really hurt our depth. A lot of those guys aren't with our program anymore. You rock along at 10-1 and 10-1, there was some great years for us, certainly hope to get back there again, but complacency comes into everybody's profession, we addressed it, we addressed it about a year ago and we're moving forward.”

Athletic Director Gene Taylor says Bohl will absolutely be back next year. A couple others won't. Former Bison coach Rocky Hager's program is being eliminated at Northeastern. The team has struggled on the field and at the ticket office and Youngstown State Coach Jon Haycock is resigning after 9 years. He did not give a reason, but went 10-13 the last two years.

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