SEATTLE — It was a year ago when Dexter Werner was on the end of the North Dakota State bench, the guy cheering his team on, waving his arms and doing whatever those role players do. He was a follower on a team that won an NCAA second-round game against Oklahoma.
FARGO — North Dakota State returned home last Wednesday from Sioux Falls, S.D., around 3 a.m., and apparently some of the players went to class not too many hours later. You win a Summit League men’s basketball title, you earn a trip to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, but a champagne toast for those players 21 and older would have to wait.
FARGO — The trail of football Veldmans in Fargo-Moorhead started in 1980 when Gregg Veldman played for Minnesota State Moorhead. It’s still on-going.
FARGO — North Dakota State added two more years to the contract of head football coach Chris Klieman that takes the agreement through the 2020 season.
FRISCO, Texas — The scoreboard clock had zero in its sights, and for the first time all day, Carson Wentz didn’t know what to do. He thought about crying. He thought about celebrating.
FRISCO, Texas — One by one, North Dakota State players went up to Joe Mays on Friday afternoon and gave him their pleasure-to-meet-you handshake, clasp or hug. Of the almost 150 former players in attendance at NDSU’s Friday practice, Mays was the last one to leave the Toyota Stadium practice field.
FARGO — It took awhile, but Trevor Gebhart finally got through the list of NCAA Division I college football players from his high school. He didn’t even want to start to try to name everybody who went the D-II route.
FARGO — North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman admitted Monday it’s been a long two and a half weeks since the Bison played their NCAA Division I FCS semifinal football game against Sam Houston State. It’s also been a good long.
The thing about finishing your football career as the all-time wins leader in NCAA Division I FCS history with three national title rings is people forget about some of the plays that didn’t go so well. It’s just human nature.
FARGO — It was two years ago when Dexter Werner left Bismarck High School with more accolades than most kids could dream of. He was part of state championships in three sports and was a two-time North Dakota Player of the Year in basketball.