NDSU-Maine Football Game Cancelled Due to 9/11Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - On this day of remembrance, we look back at how 9-11 directly affected the Bison football team, as NDSU lost it's biggest opponent in 20 years, when Maine cancelled it's trip to Fargo after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - On this day of remembrance, we look back at how 9-11 directly affected the Bison football team, as NDSU lost it's biggest opponent in 20 years, when Maine cancelled it's trip to Fargo after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC.
The 2001 Bison knew they were going to be good, but had a unique opportunity to show it that season, with a Division 1 opponent coming to Fargo, the first time NDSU would play a team on that level in 20 years, but everything changed on that Tuesday morning.
Bob Babich - NDSU Head Coach (1997-2002) - As far I was concerned with the circumstances, if we didn't' play completely understand, you hate to miss a game, but hey that's life things happen.”
Steve Laqua - Played at NDSU (1997-2001) - We're a little disappointed, but that's all we are, bigger things happening in the world.”
Gene Taylor had been on the job not even two months, and after he got the call from the Black Bears, it was his job to tell the team the game was off.
Gene Taylor - NDSU Athletic Director: “One of my 1st communications with the team was to literally walk out and stop practice and explain what was going on and not playing the Maine game. Players were disappointed, didn't know what it meant, until days wore on.”
Cody Kittelson - NDSU Safety in 2001: “We actually tried to bargain with our coaches, to get out there and play and wanted some sense of normalcy.”
Brent Vigen - NDSU Quarterbacks Coach in 2001: “Not playing that Maine game, seemed like a big deal at the time, end of the day, it's a small sacrifice we made to move on.”
That game was one of over a 100 that were cancelled that weekend.