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 — Frisco, Texas, has been one of the fastest-growing cities in America. If you need somebody to gauge it the last three years, just find a representative from North Dakota State.
FARGO — It will be the last college game of his career and Ryan Smith would probably play in the Division I FCS title game even if his hamstrings were surgically removed.
FARGO — Members of the 1983 Towson State football team may watch the Division I FCS national title game on Saturday and see a familiar name. A lot has changed since then, including the last name of the school — now Towson University.
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.