On Monday, Northern State University announced that it is suspending the Wolves’ wrestling program for two years. By this morning, the “Save Northern State University Wrestling” Facebook page had drawn 3,516 Likes. A post to that page Friday asserting that keeping an AAU wrestling tournament and camp are reasons to maintain a collegiate athletic program drew 71 Likes.
I have yet to be notified of a Facebook page supporting a South Dakota tuition freeze to keep college affordable for those 33 junior wrestlers, or a page protesting the suspension of activities in the Johnson Fine Arts Center for a year and a half.
The lesson here: the market for online discussion of South Dakota sports is far greater than the market for discussion of South Dakota politics, education, or the arts. Time to rebrand as Dakota Sports Press!