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 list of North Dakota cities and towns that have contributed players to the North Dakota State football program in the Division I era consists of the usual suspects: Dickinson, Fargo, Bismarck, Cavalier, Velva, West Fargo and Wahpeton. This season, you can add Kindred to the list.
FARGO—North Dakota State and Charleston Southern will play a football game on United States soil a week before all other NCAA college football teams—a bonus for exposure but also a potential problem with the length of the season. It will be the second straight year the Bison will appear on the ESPN FCS Kickoff game and a chance for redemption of sorts after the loss at Montana to start last season. Upon further review, NDSU head coach Chris Klieman said his team wasn't as fresh as it needed to be, so he changed the way the Bison practiced this month.
FARGO—North Dakota State will face its share of potent quarterback and receiver combinations this season, a virtual dose of potential double trouble. Next Saturday, Aug. 27, however, Charleston Southern will unveil its triple option offense at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. For NDSU, it's Georgia Southern all over again.
FARGO—If you're still contemplating making a road trip to Iowa City, Iowa, on the weekend of Sept. 17, getting into the North Dakota State at Iowa football game is still within reach. Over 2,000 single-game tickets remain, according to the Hawkeye ticket office. Don't take that as a sign the excitement level is down at Iowa at 70,585-seat Kinnick Stadium. Coming off a 12-0 regular season and a trip to the Rose Bowl, season tickets are up and the home schedule has some tasty options.
FARGO—North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota are now all in with their men's basketball scheduling after years of dipping their toes in the water during the Division I era. The schools announced Thursday, Aug. 18, the one-game-a-year meeting will now be twice per season. The four-year, home-and-home agreement starts this season with UND playing at NDSU on Dec. 7 and the Bison traveling to Grand Forks just nine days later on Dec. 16. It helps solve one of the toughest factors of having a Division I program in the Midwest not far from Canada: home games.
FARGO—It was about halfway through last season when North Dakota State's Chris Board was benched as the starting safety and moved to linebacker, which essentially was a strong message that he may not see the field again. But Board has resurfaced this fall as a "Born Again Linebacker." They always said in his three years as a defensive back that he hit like a linebacker. Well, now he is one. Board, a junior from Orlando, Fla., is the backup on the outside to senior Pierre Gee-Tucker.
FARGO—Jake Laber, the all-time pitching wins leader in Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball history, has died, the team confirmed on Monday morning, Aug. 15. He was 30. RedHawks general manager Josh Buchholz...
FARGO—North Dakota State and scheduling perennial powers in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision is becoming trendy. The Bison and Delaware announced a home-and-home agreement on Wednesday, Aug. 10, to play each other in 2018 and 2019. NDSU will host the Blue Hens in the season opener on Sept. 1, 2018 and will travel to Newark, Del., for a Sept. 14, 2019 game. It will be the first two meetings between power teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Colonial Athletic Association.
FARGO—North Dakota State has 36 players from the state of Minnesota on its football roster, but only three are from a marathon distance from the Red River. In other words, there are probably more eyes on them than the others. Freshman tight end Ben Ellefson from nearby Hawley is well aware of it and this year, those fans' eyes will be able to watch him in a game. He redshirted last year after a standout career with the Nuggets that saw him get scholarship offers from FBS schools Purdue, Wyoming, New Mexico and Air Force. He picked the local FCS club.
FARGO—There was a time when an NFL scout would visit the North Dakota State football facility and he was treated like actor Josh Duhamel making an unexpected appearance on Broadway in downtown Fargo. No longer. These days, those folks are just another face in the crowd around NDSU.