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South Dakota State football coach pleads no contest to DUI

College Football, South Dakota State Jackrabbits

BROOKINGS, S.D. -- South Dakota State University football coach John Stiegelmeier has pleaded no contest to drunken driving.

Stiegelmeier was arrested Jan. 27 and later apologized for what he said was a poor decision.

Brookings County prosecutor Teree Nesvold tells the Argus Leader that Stiegelmeier pleaded no contest in a March 5 court appearance, and the judge granted a suspended imposition of sentence. If Stiegelmeier complies with the terms of probation, the case eventually will be wiped from his record.

Nesvold says the arrangement is common with first-offense DUIs.

Stiegelmeier is the winningest football coach in South Dakota State history, leading the Jackrabbits to a 148-97 record in 21 seasons.

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