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 search committee responsible for screening applicants for the athletic director position at North Dakota State made its first move on Tuesday morning. The list is down to seven.
WINNIPEG — The door to the Saskatchewan Roughriders visitors’ locker room was deep inside an Investors Group Field hallway and it was still hard to hear Ryan Smith talk over the stadium music. The new $210 million Winnipeg Blue Bombers football facility was showing off its dynamic sound system, turning it into the biggest dance club in Canada.
FARGO — It was a joyful airplane ride from Frisco, Texas, to Fargo in January with the North Dakota State players celebrating and reliving a FCS national title victory. At least one player, however, was looking ahead.
FARGO — The job of the football sports information director at North Dakota State just got a little more confusing next year. It may be time to bring out the middle initial on the roster sheet.
FARGO — Volunteers were busy doing what they do to keep Jack Williams Stadium in good shape on Tuesday morning in preparation for this week’s American Legion Central Plains Regional baseball tournament.
FARGO — North Dakota State conducted its first football practice of the season on Monday. And for the first time since 2003, somebody else blew the whistle signifying the beginning of the first drill.
FARGO — The constant FCS story with North Dakota State in the offseason was the loss of 23 seniors from a team that won three straight national titles. In essence, it became 23 reasons why the Bison will have a tough time making it four straight.
FARGO — It’s survival of the fittest for anybody not named Ohio State, USC or Florida in the world of college football these days. If you don’t live in one of the five mansions occupied by major conferences, than you’re at risk to keep the bank from owning it.
FARGO — It was like grandma’s chicken noodle soup when you had a cold or air conditioning on a hot and humid day. There were certain built-in comfort factors for North Dakota State football the past three years when the Bison began fall practice with Brock Jensen at quarterback.
FARGO — Carlton Littlejohn’s knee surgery took all of about 20 minutes in a short procedure last January. The rehabilitation, however, has been many, many times longer.