Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota search committee, charged with helping to find the school's next athletic director, met for the first time Monday afternoon, Nov. 6. Thirteen members of the committee met in person in the UND Tech Accelerator building, while two members and a consultant joined via conference call. UND Athletic Director Brian Faison will retire Dec. 31 and stay on as a consultant for the department through the end of June.
GRAND FORKS — When the University of North Dakota football coaching staff found out Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud was going to be suspended for Saturday, Nov. 11's 1 p.m. matchup at the Alerus Center, the guessing game began. "It sure has us wondering what we're going to see," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "He's a very good player. He's a top guy. Not just in our league, but in the country. You always want to challenge yourself to play those guys, but how does that change their attack? I don't know, I guess we'll know Saturday."
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The University of North Dakota's football team wanted to prove it could beat a Top 25 program on the road. The Fighting Hawks were out to show the young, injury-riddled team had turned a corner after gaining experience throughout the year. On Saturday night at Eccles Coliseum, however, UND's performance was disappointingly familiar during this rocky 2017 season. UND's defense couldn't stop the run or the pass as No. 17 Southern Utah racked up 494 yards of total offense in a 47-21 Big Sky Conference victory in front of 7,641.
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The University of North Dakota defensive backfield has taken on its share of injuries this season, including season-ending injuries to stars Cole Reyes and Deion Harris. The patchwork secondary was even thinner Saturday night, Nov. 4, against Southern Utah, as UND didn't have the services of safety Chuck Flowers, who received a targeting penalty in the final minute against Portland State last Saturday, Oct. 28. With Flowers sitting out the first half due to the targeting penalty suspension, SUU quarterback Patrick Tyler took advantage.
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The University of North Dakota football team closes out the 2017 season with a pair of Top 25 matchups against Southern Utah and Eastern Washington. At the start of the year, many anticipated these two games would help shape the Fighting Hawks' playoff picture. But an injury-riddled 3-6 campaign has left some wondering if UND's mantra the next two weeks is to play the role of spoiler. The Fighting Hawks take on Southern Utah at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. UND head coach Bubba Schweigert, however, doesn't embrace the spoiler card rallying cry.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football team didn't suffer any major injuries in a win at Portland State last Saturday, Oct. 28, but the Fighting Hawks still have to do some depth chart shuffling. UND will play No. 17 Southern Utah at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, in Cedar City, Utah. Starting safety Chuck Flowers will sit the first half after receiving a targeting penalty in the final minute against Portland State.
PORTLAND, Ore.—The University of North Dakota's John Santiago has cranked out the highlights in his three-year college career, but perhaps none have been as impressive as his 64-yard punt return for a touchdown on Saturday night, Oct. 28. Santiago's special teams score sparked a 48-21 win over Portland State at Providence Park. "I love getting a return and making something out of nothing," Santiago said. "I saw that the punter outkicked his coverage a little bit. I took it and trusted my blocks. I was really trying to get into that end zone."
PORTLAND, Ore.—John Santiago generated a stunning highlight. Keaton Studsrud hit timely passes. The University of North Dakota defense was attacking. For a moment, in unique Providence Park in downtown, you could almost forget that UND's preseason hype has long faded and a year filled with injuries and mishaps is nearing an end. At least for a night, Fighting Hawks fans could enjoy many of the reasons this 2017 season was supposed to be special.
PORTLAND, Ore.—Matt Kern remembers two different styles of leaders on his New Berlin (Wis.) Eisenhower High School football team two years ago. His safety, Jordan Canady, was quiet but respected when he chose to speak. His linebacker, Jake Rastas, was loud—in a good way. He was a throwback leader who was boisterous. "That was the type of year, where we as coaches, could get out of the way because we knew they'd take care of a lot of stuff," Kern said.
GRAND FORKS — Sacramento State, a team that hadn't won a road game the past two seasons, came to the Alerus Center on Saturday, Oct. 21, and was forced to start a rookie quarterback without a single play of college football behind him. Even those circumstances, however, weren't enough to reverse the Univeristy of North Dakota's struggles. Hornets redshirt freshman quarterback Roman Ale threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns to spark Sacramento State to a 34-27 victory over the Fighting Hawks.