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 — As a singer in the popular local band The Front Fenders, Paul Bougie knows the value of combining a little fun with a good product. It’s no different now than when he played in the North Dakota State pep band not long after Erv Inniger took over as head men’s basketball coach.
FARGO — North Dakota State is going back to Ogden, Utah to complete its football schedule this fall. The Bison will play at Weber State on Sept. 6 and will have 12 regular-season games for the first time in school history.
FARGO — The image will not be soon forgotten by those of us who saw it outside a Toyota Stadium locker room in Frisco, Texas. Craig Bohl was walking west and Chris Klieman was walking east.
FARGO — Today is national signing day for college football recruits, and most of them have already made their decisions known to the public — on Twitter.
FARGO — As impressive as the conference RPI has been for the Summit League — it’s at an all-time Division I high — the funds being put into a construction boom is even more grandiose. Four schools are spending a combined $244 million on facility upgrades.
FARGO — If the only goal for North Dakota State defensive end Cole Jirik was to play professional football, he would have had surgery earlier this fall. It would have virtually assured him good health in front of the pro scouts.
FARGO — Now that they’re on opposite sides of the recruiting trail, the North Dakota State athletic department appears to be keeping a close eye on former Bison head football coach Craig Bohl.
FARGO — In football, North Dakota State plays in the FCS, one step below the major college FBS. In basketball, the Bison are classified as a “mid-major” program. That doesn’t mean NDSU can’t compete with the big boys in the power rankings game.
FARGO — It was about 6:15 in the morning on Sunday when North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman’s cell phone received a text message alert. It was from quarterback Carson Wentz, who wanted to meet the team’s new quarterbacks coach.
FARGO – North Dakota State returned from its third consecutive Division I FCS national title on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, a new coaching regime was in place to lead...