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 — In an age when college football has morphed to wide-open spread offenses with a new generation of multi-colored uniforms and metallic-color helmets, North Dakota State and Towson University (Md.) have taken a different approach in reaching the Division I FCS national title game.
FARGO — If Santa Claus stopped by the Fargodome overnight, he better have brought an extra helping of presents. Like enough for a football team.
FARGO — The Towson University (Md.) football players will return to practice on Friday. By then, head coach Rob Ambrose said he’ll have a better idea on the health of starting quarterback Peter Athens.
FARGO — The North Dakota State ticket office took approximately 6,500 requests for tickets for the Jan. 4 Division I FCS national title game in Frisco, Texas. As usual, that’s like fitting a square peg through a football-shaped hole.
FARGO — Incoming North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman was on the road recruiting Saturday while the Bison’s opponent for the Division I FCS national title game was being decided in Cheney, Wash. Multi-tasking is never easy this time of the year when your team is still playing.
FARGO — There was something about No. 34 leading the Bison players out of the locker room and into the darkened Fargodome on Friday night that makes you wonder about the limits of mental toughness. Like, there aren’t any limits with these North Dakota State players.
FARGO — What not many people saw when Ryan Drevlow left North Dakota State football practice last year was his schedule the rest of the night — and into the morning. It wasn’t unusual for him to head over to an engineering lab on campus.
FARGO — The North Dakota State winter commencement is at 4 p.m. today at the Bison Sports Arena. We’re not sure of this, but rumor has it ESPN is going to televise the graduation ceremony live.
FARGO — It was another routine-looking drill in football practice when Jeremy Gordon heard the pop in his knee. There are normally two words associated with that sound: Season. Ending.
FARGO — The University of New Hampshire woke up on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 6, with a gigantic wall of sorts around its football program. With a 1-3 record, the players and coaches had their collective backs up against it.