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 Fargodome played host to a rodeo last week and a circus this weekend. Those events and the animals that go with them are probably more at home to some players on the North Dakota State football team than others.
FARGO — If you’re going to fill big shoes in the North Dakota State defensive line, you might as well do it with guys who have big shoes. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing freshman Nate Tanguay, the heir apparent at defensive tackle, who stands 6-foot-4 and 288 pounds.
FARGO — There will be a presence from William Ryan, William Ryan II and William Ryan III at the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four this weekend in Arlington, Texas.
FARGO — Kevin Vaadeland walked off the first North Dakota State spring football practice on Saturday afternoon without the aid of a cane or any noticeable hint of arthritis. It’s sort of been the standing joke with his teammates — he’s the oldest player on the team and everybody involved has enjoyed the banter.
FARGO — The bus carrying football players from the University of Missouri was pulling up to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in early January when the starting right guard noticed familiar school colors. Connor McGovern saw some North Dakota State fans walking into the game.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The players from North Dakota State were issued new lime green Nike basketball shoes for the NCAA tournament. None of them turned into slippers on Saturday night.
By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service SPOKANE, Wash. — North Dakota State matched wits with a future Hall of Fame coach on Thursday. Now the Bison get to do it...
SPOKANE, Wash. — North Dakota State center Marshall Bjorklund on Friday looked more like somebody who just went through a boxing match than an NCAA basketball tournament game. His teammate, guard Taylor Braun, didn’t look much better.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Trending on Twitter. Another No. 12 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament with upset hopes. North Dakota State pulled it off Thursday night.
SPOKANE, Wash. — A school year in the national spotlight that started with ESPN’s “College GameDay,” carried over to an FCS national championship in Frisco, Texas, and has mushroomed to Spokane, Wash. North Dakota State takes to the biggest stage in college athletics today with an appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.