Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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At the least, it makes for some interesting discussion. If NDSU football had a Ring of Honor or something like it at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, who would get their jerseys hanging from the rafters? Or hanging on the west wall above the top row of seats? I threw the line out there in the last MediaZone post and a couple of readers weren’t too thrilled about it. NDSU would most likely never do it because it’s always preaching the name on the front is more important than the name on the back. I get that and it certainly has merit.
FARGO—Bruce Anderson went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. He went way over. In fact, he went so far over on Friday night that he ended up in Texas. That's where North Dakota State is headed after defeating Sam Houston State 55-13 in front of 18,279 fans who threw a hoedown at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The only thing missing was Bruce Almighty leaving the field wearing a cowboy hat. The win put the Bison in the FCS title game for the sixth time in seven years Jan. 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
FARGO—With final exams in the rear-view mirror, Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe got nine holes of golf in on Tuesday. He doesn't miss many open targets in that sport, either. Briscoe shot 4-over par at Raven Nest Golf Club, which is the home course for the Sam Houston golf program in Huntsville, Texas. On Friday night, however, the athletic venue where Briscoe will be playing couldn't be more opposite than the serenity of a golf course.
FARGO—Quarterback Easton Stick is 32-3 as the starter at North Dakota State. He has an even better record in the classroom. Before the Bison junior gets ready to take on Sam Houston State in Friday night's Division I FCS semifinal playoff game at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, he'll be walking through graduation ceremonies. Stick, a junior eligibility-wise, completed his undergraduate course work in 3½ years and is already enrolled in the NDSU MBA program next semester. He carries a 3.91 grade-point average in sport management with not many Bs along the way.
FARGO—Three North Dakota State football players were dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, head coach Chris Klieman said on Monday afternoon, Nov. 27. All three, freshman quarterback Henry Van Dellen, senior safety Darren Kelley and freshman receiver Sean Engel, were backups and were not expected to factor into Saturday's FCS second-round playoff game against the University of San Diego. Moreover, backup receiver Dallas Freeman was suspended for one game effective last Monday. Klieman would not elaborate further on his actions.
FARGO—North Dakota State woke up on Sunday morning with a feeling they haven't experienced all season: Dealing a loss. But for the last eight years, it hasn't lingered. The last time the Bison lost two consecutive football games was Oct. 17 and 24, 2009, when they lost at South Dakota State and at home to Missouri State. It was the latter end of a five-game losing streak in a season that ended 3-8.
FARGO -- Before he started his path into higher education, Dean Bresciani was making some moves on the soccer field. The North Dakota State president even reached the semi-pro level before he realized a fact of life: He wasn’t fast enough. But that didn’t mean his affinity for the game diminished. Bresciani has been a big supporter of the Bison women’s program, which hosts the Summit League tournament starting Thursday against South Dakota State.
FARGO — When Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley calls up a video of North Dakota State, he sees pretty much the same things he's seen for nine years. Since the teams started playing in 2008, the Bison have run virtually the same schemes on offense and defense. On the flipside, Farley is in his 17th year at UNI so when NDSU began its study of the Panthers last Sunday, there probably wasn't a whole lot of updating to do. The two programs have been perennial Division I FCS playoff teams and contenders for a Missouri Valley Football Conference title, so why change?
FARGO — As a player for four years in the North Dakota State volleyball program, Jennifer Lopez helped the Bison produce a 93-28 record. Now she'll get the opportunity to reach that kind of success as the head coach. NDSU took the interim out of her job title and named the former Bison standout the head volleyball coach effective immediately, the school announced on Monday, Oct. 23. She has yet to sign a contract, but the two sides agreed to a three-year deal late last week, said athletic director Matt Larsen.
FARGO — If you want a lesson in Murderers' Row football scheduling, try being Don Morton in 1981. The North Dakota State head coach faced road games at Northern Michigan, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado to open the season and then the home opener against North Dakota.