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 just three weeks ago when the front office staff in the North Dakota State athletic department made their Great Escape. They made it out of the Bison Sports Arena without a concussion from tumbling concrete from the ceiling.
FARGO — The North Dakota State athletic department is still on pace for a bubble facility that will cover Dacotah Field beginning later this fall. It’s one of the last few remaining pieces of unfinished business for athletic director Gene Taylor before he leaves for Iowa.
FARGO — North Dakota State’s temporary weight training facility used to be a grocery store and the evidence is still there. For instance, when the football players warm up before a workout, they gather under the “Dairy” sign on the wall.
FARGO — Don’t expect Prakash Mathew to walk into his first day as interim athletic director at North Dakota State and proclaim the Bison are moving to the FBS. In fact, don’t expect much at all other than a longtime NDSU administrator, in his words, trying to keep the ship afloat.
FARGO — There were times when Greg Rom got so immersed in his book project that he started talking about it in his sleep. At least that’s what his wife tells him.
FARGO — For the second straight year, North Dakota State’s football season opener will be seen on national television. This time, it appears it was more about NDSU than its Big 12 Conference opponent.
FARGO — What for the longest time seemed like a mile away is now only a couple of steps from fruition. The North Dakota State athletic department will go before the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on Friday seeking approval for an indoor bubble facility.
FARGO — Brock Jensen had his number called one last time at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. He was awarded his FCS national title ring from North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani in a pre-Spring Game ceremony.
FARGO — North Dakota State athletic director Gene Taylor has some words of advice for the five NCAA Division I power conferences that are seeking more of a voice within the NCAA: Go ahead, make his day.
FARGO — Esley Thorton began his North Dakota State football career as a dual-threat quarterback who could run and throw. He’ll end his career next season as a dual-threat linebacker.