What a delightfully wild and weird sports year the 2020-21 NCAA DII season was. I remember entering this year with so many question marks. The DII landscape was still very much a work in progress: there was limited football, but no official DII football championship. Only a handful of schools were going to start DII basketball in the fall — almost the guinea pigs to see if this indoor sports thing could actually work. 

But here we are. Exactly 40 DII Reports later… we have ourselves a season to remember. Kudos to everyone who made it work, including a special shoutout to the DII SIDs who were stretched incredibly thin, working in unfamiliar territory and somehow, never missing a beat.

So, sit back as we look back in this week’s DII Report. 

7 memorable moments from the 2020-21 DII sports season

Angelo State downs West Texas A&M in its only home football game

The Rams got to play DII football this season, but only one of those games was in front of its Angelo State faithful, albeit in a limited capacity. They delivered, defeating West Texas A&M 21-10 in the first DII football game played this season. It was the first DII game played since the world was shut down in March 2019.

Angelo State’s rushing attack was too much for the Buffs to handle. Nathaniel Omayebu, Carl Odom and Alfred Grear combined for 155 yards and three touchdowns. 

It led to the first-ever DII football spring season. Although no official champion was crowned, there were several conference championships, including a memorable one in the SAC, where Tusculum — led by Valdosta State transfer Rogan Wells — defeated Lenoir-Rhyne 28-23.

Northwest Missouri State’s run to the DII men’s basketball title