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—Even if his shoulder is still not 100 percent, and even though Saturday's opponent is a non-conference game, there is no playing it safe for North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca. It's his senior year, after all. Hanging out on the sidelines acting like a student assistant coach is not what he has in mind against Eastern Washington—the No. 8-ranked team the top-ranked Bison will play Saturday, Sept. 10, at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome.
FARGO—The most prolific offensive player in Division I FCS football comes to Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome this Saturday, Sept. 10, in Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp. So far, three teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference have tried to stop him. All three failed.
FARGO—The sea of big-time non-conference matchups in the FCS will be of tidal wave proportions Saturday starting at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Eastern Washington is coming to town. About an hour and a half later, Montana and Northern Iowa will kick it off at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
FARGO—It will forever go down as one of the most controversial plays in the history of North Dakota State football. And the answer to the question depends on whether you played for NDSU or Eastern Washington. Was it a fumble?
FARGO—It was one of his first days on campus when Matt Plank saw the North Dakota State defensive playbook. He likened it to the thickness of a college textbook. To a true freshman, it probably looked more like "War and Peace." "Coach (Steve) Stanard, who was the original linebackers coach, slapped down a 200-page playbook and I'm like, 'Is this history class?'" Plank said. "What's going on? But it's gotten easier over the years."
FARGO—It's one of those rarely-enforced rules that occasionally crop up in a college football game, and North Dakota State was on the wrong end of such a call Saturday night, Aug. 27, against Charleston Southern. It was met with some resistance by some Bison fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome and on social media. Sideline interference, what is it?
FARGO—The waiting game has started with Nick DeLuca's shoulder. Will two weeks be enough healing time for the North Dakota State middle linebacker to play against Eastern Washington? The senior captain dislocated his shoulder on the first play of the second half Saturday night, Aug. 27, against Charleston Southern. Bison head coach Chris Klieman said the medical staff was able to pop it right back in and DeLuca spent the rest of the game with his arm in a sling and an ice wrap around his shoulder.
FARGO—At one time, you would have thought the lasting image of ESPN and North Dakota State football would have been the aerial shot during the first segment of the "College GameDay" football pregame show. After all, it's hard to beat thousands of fans seens in Fargo's downtown streets and on rooftops. The show—this ESPN and Bison football thing—continues to thrive.
FARGO—Forgive Tanner Volson if he gets up around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, and heads to the North Dakota State weight room. Don't bat an eye if he leaves the Sanford Health Athletic Complex and heads to work at a local landscape company.
FARGO—The method of scheduling football games for Charleston Southern University over the years includes keeping an eye on FBS powers Clemson and the University of South Carolina. It's not so much who those two are playing, but when. The Buccaneers do everything they can to keep from going head-to-head with the Tigers and Gamecocks. "We want people to go to both," said CSU athletic director Hank Small. "We've only been playing football since 1990. We're the new guy so we're building in everything we do."