Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. 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.
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FARGO -- The first issue Jalen Allison had with an attempted tackle at the University of South Dakota was the angle he took on the play. The North Dakota State cornerback said he wished he had a do-over. The second issue was his knee. When another player fell into Allison after he missed the tackle, he thought the worst. “You overthink it right away,” he said. “I was thinking my senior season was over."
FARGO -- Every day Easton Stick shows up for work at the North Dakota State football complex, a part of Carson Wentz also comes with him. Give the Bison quarterback and his teammates credit for Stick’s 44-3 record as a starter, but also give an assist to Wentz.
FARGO -- Jeff Sagarin can tell you the day his first ratings column ran in the USA Today newspaper. Jan. 8, 1985. It was a big moment for a young scribe, but the front page that day had something else historic on its mind: celebrating the 50th birthday of Elvis Presley.
FARGO -- Saturday, Nov. 17, is Senior Day for the North Dakota State football team, a game to give a standing ovation to the 24 football players in their last year of eligibility. In reality, it’s an entire week of reminiscing and saying thanks.
FARGO -- the Missouri Valley Football Conference was christened in 1985, with Northern Iowa ripping through the six-team league undefeated. For the next two decades, teams took turns in being the king of the conference. Missouri State won two straight in 1989-90. UNI had what looked to be a tough streak to beat being a part of six straight league titles from 1991-96. Western Illinois took the title in three of four years starting in 1997.
FARGO -- He could tell the story over and over and if you’re standing in front of Billy Laverdure, you could roll your eyes in disbelief. That old University of North Dakota American Indian logo? Some of Laverdure’s Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers at UND back in the 1990s will tell you it’s him. Laverdure will tell you it’s probably him. The artist, Bennett Brien, will tell you it could be him.
FARGO - For four years now, visiting teams at North Dakota State football games have consistently forgotten to announce a member of the offensive backfield. Bison defensive end Greg Menard has been around the quarterbacks and running backs so often it’s almost like he’s part of the offense. It’s to the point now where Menard is within sight of a coveted NDSU defensive record: most quarterback sacks in a career. He’s five away from tying a trio of leaders at 41: Jerry Dahl (1973-74), Phil Hansen (1987-90) and Kyle Emanuel (2011-14).
FARGO -- North Dakota State's top-ranked football team will have some decisions to make in the backfield this weekend when the Bison travel to Missouri State. It appears NDSU will take at least six running backs for the 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon game, Oct. 10, at Plaster Field in Springfield, Mo. The question has more to do with who is healthy and who will be part of the new NCAA four-game eligibility rule.
FARGO — That Youngstown State team that left Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome late Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, was the same one that lost to non-scholarship Butler. Yes, it was same group of dudes who seemingly quit on their head coach last week. The Penguins could lose half their roster to injury, have their entire coaching staff take another job and they would still give North Dakota State a battle.
Fargo -- With each passing year, the memories of Bob “Goose” Johnson are getting harder to recall. It’s the cruel part of aging. What will never be forgotten, however, was Goose’s voice. It just had that distinct sound to it. When Goose came into our house, we knew it. If I could change the ringtone on my iPhone to anything, it would be to the voice of Goose. It’s the sound of confidence. It’s the sound of progress. It’s the sound of a dreamer.