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 Missouri Valley Football Conference opened its 2014 doors for business Tuesday with one leftover thought from 2013: The league is still fuming after only two teams reached the Division I FCS playoffs.
FARGO — Weber State is located closer to the Wasatch Mountains than Great Salt Lake. So first-year head coach Jay Hill will not have a place to stick his big toe in the water when it comes to his team’s football schedule.
FARGO — TrayVonn Wright came to North Dakota State in the fall of 2010 as a raw, unproven talent. After touring the country with the Bison for four years, he’s heading on to more worldly things — like pro basketball in Austria.
FARGO — The North Dakota State men’s basketball team will see several changes next season starting with its home venue: The Bison are moving to Scheels Arena.
FARGO — It was just three weeks ago when the front office staff in the North Dakota State athletic department made their Great Escape. They made it out of the Bison Sports Arena without a concussion from tumbling concrete from the ceiling.
FARGO — The North Dakota State athletic department is still on pace for a bubble facility that will cover Dacotah Field beginning later this fall. It’s one of the last few remaining pieces of unfinished business for athletic director Gene Taylor before he leaves for Iowa.
FARGO — North Dakota State’s temporary weight training facility used to be a grocery store and the evidence is still there. For instance, when the football players warm up before a workout, they gather under the “Dairy” sign on the wall.
FARGO — Don’t expect Prakash Mathew to walk into his first day as interim athletic director at North Dakota State and proclaim the Bison are moving to the FBS. In fact, don’t expect much at all other than a longtime NDSU administrator, in his words, trying to keep the ship afloat.
FARGO — There were times when Greg Rom got so immersed in his book project that he started talking about it in his sleep. At least that’s what his wife tells him.
FARGO — For the second straight year, North Dakota State’s football season opener will be seen on national television. This time, it appears it was more about NDSU than its Big 12 Conference opponent.