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 — Tommy Bell was in the fundraising department at Southern Illinois when the Salukis hired an unknown coach named Jerry Kill. At that point, SIU football was one of the worst programs in Division I FCS football.
FARGO — North Dakota State free safety Christian Dudzik did more than analyze the University of Montana’s offense last week. He studied the candidates for the NDSU athletic director position that was filled this week.
FARGO — North Dakota State received three votes in the Associated Press top 25 football poll released on Sunday. That would be the FBS version. But Bison head coach Chris Klieman, at his weekly Monday news conference, was quick to acknowledge his program is in the FCS “and that’s the most important poll to us.”
FARGO — The lasting image as the sun was setting in the mountains surrounding Missoula, Mont., on that historic day in 2003 was North Dakota State football players running around Washington-Grizzly Stadium in a stunning, celebratory, haphazard fashion. Nobody could believe it really.
FARGO — You won’t find Jordan Johnson in the top 10 passing leaders in the Big Sky Conference after three games. The University of Montana senior quarterback is nowhere to be found in the passing efficiency department, either.
FARGO — It’s a long drive from Fargo to Missoula, Mont.
FARGO – Former North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen is used to performing on grand football stages, just usually not ones located on a street in the heart of downtown Fargo.
FARGO — It was about year ago when Omaha Creighton Prep quarterback Easton Stick and his coach got in a car after a Friday night game and made the drive from Nebraska to Fargo for an unofficial recruiting visit. Before going to the North Dakota State football game, they stopped downtown.
FARGO — It’s not often North Dakota State faces a football team that has been a Division I program for fewer years than NDSU has. But that’s what the Bison will get when the University of the Incarnate Word comes to the Fargodome on Saturday.
FARGO — The student from North Dakota State was about six weeks into his internship at The Arthur Companies in Arthur during the summer of 2013 when a few others in the office figured out that he did something other than business marketing. The Bison football fans in the workplace thought it was pretty cool.