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 — It was back when he was a freshman in high school — all 5-foot-8 and 125 pounds of him — when Carson Wentz dreamed about being a quarterback someday. If only he could be like the bigger kids.
FARGO — Every Sunday morning at around 6, probably before the cows wake up on the farms around Brookings, S.D., John Stiegelmeier watches the game film from the previous day’s game. Then he goes to church.
FARGO — The North Dakota State defensive players know it all too well. While Bison fans are standing and yelling, they have an up-close look at how opposing-team quarterbacks operate at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The University of South Dakota was the last former NCAA Division II North Central Conference school to join the Division I FCS Missouri Valley Football Conference party.
FARGO — The dress code was different than what Colten Heagle was used to, so he went searching for an item most college kids don’t need: a tie.
FARGO — It was a few weeks ago when North Dakota State running backs John Crockett, Chase Morlock and King Frazier started needling their offensive coordinator about a new formation. All three wanted to be in the backfield.
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.