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Players ‘estatic’ about new head coach


FARGO — North Dakota State interrupted its regularly scheduled FCS playoff program on Sunday morning to bring its fans a brief announcement: Chris Klieman will be the new head coach when the season is finished.

The Bison players couldn’t be happier.

“Just ecstatic,” said sophomore punter Ben LeCompte. “There’s a lot of bounce in the guys’ steps … and the current players are excited it’s someone who knows what it takes to be a winner around here.”

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Jeff Kolpack
Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.