Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In a year seemingly full of the University of North Dakota football team winning on improbable comebacks, the Fighting Hawks' season came to an end Saturday night by surrendering one of their own. Griffin Trau's 18-yard field goal as time expired were the winning points as Richmond scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to beat No. 7 seed UND 27-24 in the second round of the FCS tournament at the Alerus Center.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Former University of North Dakota quarterback Kelby Klosterman recalls 15 years ago, standing on the sideline as UC Davis quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan battled the Alerus Center noise in an NCAA Division II playoff semifinal. "I remember thinking how tough that would be," Klosterman said. "I was really glad I wasn't them." The home-field advantage fueled a 14-2 win over UC Davis in 2001 and led to UND's first and only national championship the following week against Grand Valley State in Florence, Ala.
GRAND FORKS — Richmond football coach Danny Rocco couldn't have imagined he'd spent this much time thinking about the state of North Dakota. Rocco has been preparing for an FCS second-round matchup with UND, while working to avenge last season's semifinal loss at North Dakota State. "There was something about going to North Dakota that was really meaningful for our football team," Rocco said. "We were a highly motivated team last week. We're working hard here to find a way to win and beat a really good football team."
GRAND FORKS — A year ago, Michael Coe was in Silver City, N.M., playing for NCAA Division II member Western New Mexico University. On Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman will lead UND into the school's first FCS tournament appearance. The Fighting Hawks play Richmond at 5 p.m. (CT) at the Alerus Center. And there's a chance UND's run in the FCS tournament won't be the final playing days for the senior graduate transfer. Coe, a Carlsbad, Calif., native, is receiving interest from NFL scouts.
GRAND FORKS — Head football coach Bubba Schweigert took to Twitter early Tuesday to tell students the University of North Dakota needed them in attendance for the school's first FCS playoff appearance Saturday at the Alerus Center. Since his hiring three years ago, Schweigert has said the thought of once again packing the Alerus Center has kept him up at night. According to the numbers so far, Schweigert's vision is slowly becoming reality.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota sophomore running back Brady Oliveira is taking in new experiences lately. The Winnipeg native said he enjoyed his first American Thanksgiving with teammates last weekend. This weekend, he and the No. 7-seeded Fighting Hawks will play in their first FCS tournament. UND, which has won nine-straight games and finished Big Sky Conference play unbeaten, hosts Richmond of the Colonial Athletic Association on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) in a second-round matchup.
GRAND FORKS — Two years ago, University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert asked UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster to visit football practice and address the team. Brewster started his comments by singling out and praising the effort of one college student. It wasn't All-American John Santiago. It wasn't quarterback Keaton Studsrud or safety Cole Reyes. It was assistant equipment manager Elliott Weber.
GRAND FORKS — Ann Freund rocked newborn baby boy Tucker in her south Grand Forks living room upstairs. Downstairs, her husband Danny Freund, the University of North Dakota football team's wide receivers coach, was playing with almost-2-year-old Jossy, who was cooking ice cream before showing off her abilities on a rocking horse. This team parenting effort was made possible by the UND football team's first-round bye in the FCS playoffs, where the Fighting Hawks will be the No. 7 seed in the school's first Division I football tournament.
GRAND FORKS — In a split second on a Thursday night in New York, Clive Georges went from the University of North Dakota football program's biggest passing threat to a season-long bystander. Georges broke his leg early in the second half in a Week 1 13-7 loss at Stony Brook. The speedy senior wide receiver was in good spirits this week at the High Performance Center, watching practice on a chair with crutches at his side. "To be honest, they're fun to watch," Georges said.
GRAND FORKS — This year, the UND football team isn't on the bubble for inclusion in the 24-team FCS playoff field. But the Fighting Hawks, who were left out of the playoffs in 2015, are on a different kind of bubble this season. UND, 9-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference, has an argument for a first-round bye. UND coach Bubba Schweigert thinks his team is deserving of a top 8 seed. The top eight seeds in the FCS playoffs all receive a bye.