Click on the picture attached to this story to get a look at each sport's deficit in 2016. FARGO—The University of North Dakota recently cut women's hockey, citing the sport's recent $1.9 million operating deficit during tight budget times for the university and state. But UND women's hockey isn't the only athletic program running an operating deficit at the state's two Division I universities. In fact, every sport in 2016 at UND and North Dakota State University spent more money than they brought in.
The five burning questions for the North Dakota State football team this spring and my prediction for each:
Fargo - I miss Greg Kampe. No, check that. I miss him but you, the North Dakota State basketball fan, miss him dearly. You miss the dark knights from Oakland University (Mich.) who came to Fargo wearing their all-black uniforms and hard-edge attitude to match. The head coach was part of that schtick and he enjoyed being in the middle of boos more than any coach in the Summit League—when Oakland was in the Summit.
IOWA CITY, Iowa—The career path of North Dakota State running back King Frazier started with a walk-on shot at the University of Nebraska, where the hope was to be among the top running backs in the large stadiums of the Big Ten Conference. There were several detours to that dream, but he finally got his wish on Saturday, Sept. 17. He was the best running back in front of 70,585 fans at Kinnick Stadium.
FARGO -- This ESPN FCS Kickoff series puts your team in a million living rooms and laptops across the country. It also makes for some stirring college football drama. Last year, Montana won on the last play to beat North Dakota State in the game a week before everybody else played their opener. The Bison got some redemption in that category, of sorts, Saturday night. The 24-17 win in overtime over a gritty Charleston Southern team gave the Bison a 1-0 record, which is the biggest statistic of them all of course.
FARGO — The ballots are mostly in and the winners for the Missouri Valley Football Conference all-preseason team will be announced on Aug. 2. But if you’re a North Dakota State fan and you’re going to be unproductive at work that day because you’re constantly refreshing the Valley website waiting for that team to be released, you might want to reconsider.
FARGO — The fundraising and construction project that has been a decade in the making is now reality. The official grand opening date for the Sanford Health Athletic Complex will be Nov. 11 when North Dakota State hosts Arkansas State in men's basketball. “We’ll have some exhibition games prior, but in terms of pomp and circumstance, that will be the first game,” said athletic director Matt Larsen. That’s about all Larsen would say about the big day, adding marketing personnel are working with Scheels and Sanford Health “to make sure it will be opened up the right way.”
FARGO — One of the top high school football teams in Florida is Lakeland, which boasts six state championships and one of the more unique nicknames in the country — the Dreadnaughts. North Dakota State has a more common nickname, but one of the reasons quarterback Holden Hotchkiss gave a verbal commitment to NDSU this week is he wanted to remain with a successful program. The Bison annually allocate one scholarship to the position, and they gave Hotchkiss a phone call this week to deliver the news. It didn’t take long for the 6-foot-4, 205-pound right hander to give an answer.
FARGO -- The July 4 holiday is barely in the rearview mirror, and already North Dakota State is around 10 verbal commitments for football. If you’re a recruitnik — the fans who pay close attention to the scholarship offers these players get — then that’s cause to blow off some more fireworks. Don’t worry if they’re illegal within the city limits, it’s probably worth the fine to you.
FARGO -- I’ve never been to the Missouri Valley office at 1818 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, Mo., but through the miracle of Google you can get a pretty good idea to what it looks like. So what’s it look like? It’s a quaint two-story older building with a Kilbourne Group renovated touch that could just as well look at home in downtown Fargo. It’s hard to figure out where the front door is by the photo, but maybe it’s in the back somewhere.