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 — Gus Bradley walked into the North Dakota State football team room on Thursday afternoon, looked around and gave a facial expression as to say he was impressed. A lot has changed since he left NDSU for the NFL after the 2005 season, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Bradley himself.
FARGO — Every year in the North Dakota State Division I era, as sure as the snow falls in the winter and melts in the spring, a coach in the Bison football program would clean out his office and head somewhere else. It’s just part of the deal at an FCS school.
FARGO — Khayvon Hawkins and Darrius Shepherd have yet to catch a pass or play a down for North Dakota State, but they’re already on the two-deep depth chart. That’s called immediate expectations.
FARGO — Tuesday was March 31, and if Lynn Dorn had her way, any discussion on or before March 30 until the day she was born was off the table...
FARGO — For the first time in four years, North Dakota State opened spring football practice Sunday with question marks on defense — a testament to a long run of talented players that played a lot of games.
FARGO — North Dakota State offensive guard Zack Johnson sat out last season to rehabilitate a surgically repaired knee, the result of an offseason injury. But watching his teammates from the sideline proved to be difficult for other areas of his body.
SEATTLE — Too big. Too experienced. But it wasn’t easy for No. 2 seed Gonzaga against North Dakota State Friday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
SEATTLE — Gonzaga University is a force inside with more players 6-foot-10 or taller than North Dakota State has had combined in the last few decades. Oh, and the Zags are also one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country.
SEATTLE — The first clue that Wednesday was a different road trip for the North Dakota State men’s basketball team is there was no multi-hour layover at Chicago O’Hare. The Bison have become experts at passing the time in that airport.
FARGO — Gonzaga University has morphed into a basketball factory that was perhaps put on the map thanks to former NBA great John Stockton. Funny thing, though. The school never made an NCAA tournament until 11 years after Stockton graduated.