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 — Labor Day was a work day for the North Dakota State football team on Monday. Not all was rosy in the 34-14 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
AMES, Iowa — Maybe it was the run early in the third quarter when Carson Wentz took off running and leaped over a couple of Iowa State defenders for a 20-yard gain. The image of a 6-foot-6 quarterback jumping that high and that far was something else.
FARGO — The Trek 7200 hybrid bicycle is perfect for getting from one point on the North Dakota State campus to the other. You probably don’t want to ride it on the high-end trails in Colorado or Utah, but that’s not what Chris Klieman needs it for anyway.
FARGO — Adam Schueller is a sports management major with minors in business and patience. The first two have to do with his academics at North Dakota State.
FARGO — Chase Morlock left North Dakota State football practice on Wednesday in a yellow T-shirt and shorts. He hopes to leave Jack Trice Stadium in nine days in a white jersey and green pants.
FARGO — Spring football was all set for King Frazier to show that he belonged as one of the regular running backs at North Dakota State. He didn’t get a chance.
FARGO — A few North Dakota State football players took to Twitter to have a little fun when the Bison said safety Christian Dudzik may also play some wide receiver this season. They wondered why defensive end Mike Hardie wasn’t in the mix for a receiver spot.
FARGO — The search committee responsible for screening applicants for the athletic director position at North Dakota State made its first move on Tuesday morning. The list is down to seven.
WINNIPEG — The door to the Saskatchewan Roughriders visitors’ locker room was deep inside an Investors Group Field hallway and it was still hard to hear Ryan Smith talk over the stadium music. The new $210 million Winnipeg Blue Bombers football facility was showing off its dynamic sound system, turning it into the biggest dance club in Canada.
FARGO — It was a joyful airplane ride from Frisco, Texas, to Fargo in January with the North Dakota State players celebrating and reliving a FCS national title victory. At least one player, however, was looking ahead.