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 — 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.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota safety Cole Reyes asked quarterback Keaton Studsrud to grab ahold of the Gatorade cooler. After wandering around midfield, the junior captains finally found and soaked head coach Bubba Schweigert. Meanwhile, Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" rang throughout the Alerus Center as running back John Santiago hoisted the Big Sky Conference championship trophy into the air. It was a stunning scene for how most of Saturday played out against Northern Arizona.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — If a majority of the University of North Dakota's athletic programs made a move from the Big Sky Conference to the Summit League and the Missouri Valley Football Conference, there would be savings on travel costs but perhaps not as much as some believe, according to NCAA athletic department finance numbers obtained by the Herald. The Herald reported last Saturday that UND athletic director Brian Faison was in negotiations with the Summit and MVFC, according to text-message exchanges with league commissioners.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men's basketball game Friday afternoon ended the way a season opener should for a Division I program against a Division III opponent: With fans begging the home team to reach 100 points. The Fighting Hawks didn't quite get there but displayed some youth and depth in an easy 98-48 win over Crown College in front of 2,207 fans at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
GRAND FORKS — In the 2012 recruiting class, the University of North Dakota football program brought in 27 high school recruits. As the 2016 season draws to a close, only seven of those players remain. When the 14-member senior class is honored today at the Alerus Center, it will largely be a group that has endured a coaching change and accepted new roles for a program now thriving. The No. 12 Fighting Hawks will be searching for their first Big Sky Conference title and an undefeated league season when they host Northern Arizona at 1 p.m.