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 — Volunteers were busy doing what they do to keep Jack Williams Stadium in good shape on Tuesday morning in preparation for this week’s American Legion Central Plains Regional baseball tournament.
FARGO — North Dakota State conducted its first football practice of the season on Monday. And for the first time since 2003, somebody else blew the whistle signifying the beginning of the first drill.
FARGO — The constant FCS story with North Dakota State in the offseason was the loss of 23 seniors from a team that won three straight national titles. In essence, it became 23 reasons why the Bison will have a tough time making it four straight.
FARGO — It’s survival of the fittest for anybody not named Ohio State, USC or Florida in the world of college football these days. If you don’t live in one of the five mansions occupied by major conferences, than you’re at risk to keep the bank from owning it.
FARGO — It was like grandma’s chicken noodle soup when you had a cold or air conditioning on a hot and humid day. There were certain built-in comfort factors for North Dakota State football the past three years when the Bison began fall practice with Brock Jensen at quarterback.
FARGO — Carlton Littlejohn’s knee surgery took all of about 20 minutes in a short procedure last January. The rehabilitation, however, has been many, many times longer.
FARGO — The Missouri Valley Football Conference opened its 2014 doors for business Tuesday with one leftover thought from 2013: The league is still fuming after only two teams reached the Division I FCS playoffs.
FARGO — Weber State is located closer to the Wasatch Mountains than Great Salt Lake. So first-year head coach Jay Hill will not have a place to stick his big toe in the water when it comes to his team’s football schedule.
FARGO — TrayVonn Wright came to North Dakota State in the fall of 2010 as a raw, unproven talent. After touring the country with the Bison for four years, he’s heading on to more worldly things — like pro basketball in Austria.
FARGO — The North Dakota State men’s basketball team will see several changes next season starting with its home venue: The Bison are moving to Scheels Arena.