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McFeely: SDSU sends strong, and very wrong, message with Stiegelmeier penalty

Sep 3, 2016; Fort Worth, TX, USA; South Dakota State Jackrabbits head coach John Stiegelmeier (left) and TCU Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson (right) talk before an NCAA football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

South Dakota State University sent a strong message with its handling of football coach John Stiegelmeier’s DUI.

The message is this: DUIs are no big deal.

Stiegelmeier, in his 22nd year as Jackrabbits coach, was arrested in January when a Brookings police officer found him trying to get his car out of a ditch. Stiegelmeier had trouble keeping his feet, was unsteady and the officer smelled alcohol on the coach’s breath, according to the police report. Stiegelmeier told the officer he’d had too much to drink at home on an empty stomach before he went to get food.

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