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Published October 14, 2009, 11:43 AM

A closer look at the effects Joe Chapman had on Bison sports

(WDAY Sports) - We have to remember that Joe Chapman has not died. We keep saying he was this, he did that, but his resignation definitely means the end of an era and the end of a security blanket for Gene Taylor. That's tonight on Further Review.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

(WDAY Sports) - We have to remember that Joe Chapman has not died. We keep saying he was this, he did that, but his resignation definitely means the end of an era and the end of a security blanket for Gene Taylor. That's tonight on Further Review.

There something about the big games that Joe Chapman loves. He's a fan, but more than that he's a competitor. Always suspected it was more about the chance to beat somebody you’re not supposed to, than it was about watching athletes play a game and you always had the feeling that if the athletic department needed something, he'd make it happen, and that's what has to have the department a little uneasy.

He had bigger things than the present in mind for NDSU athletics. He said to me many times, someone out in a cornfield in Nebraska said we should play football. Yep, it's hard to believe that the next person will be as much of a friend to athletics as Chapman.

Speaking of uncertainty at NDSU, the team takes the field Saturday without its best player after the Pat Paschall punch last weekend.

If the rule is that a punch sits you down, then so be it, but put yourself in pat Paschall's shoes. Guy runs you well out of bounds then into a wall. You don't have time to think, nor can you run the other direction.

The guy's just effectively spit in your face and you don’t' know if he's done. Its fight or flight, and you don't have anywhere to flight. I call that self preservation. I don't condone what he did, but I sure understand it.

What bothers me more than Joe Nathan’s steadily declining numbers this season is the lack of confidence I saw in him late in the season. He stopped challenging hitters and fell behind way too often. I'm not saying they should get rid of him, but the Twins better have a plan B in mind when they report to spring training.

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