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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FARGO—The spring football quarterback depth chart at North Dakota State was over before it started. Easton Stick is the returning starter, senior Cole Davis is the veteran backup and redshirt freshman Henry Van Dellen is the third stringer. Stick is 20-2 as a starter, although NDSU would like to see his passing game improve. Davis will enter his fifth year in the program and the Bison coaches know they have a solid No. 2 guy. Sophomore James Hendricks, a quarterback his first two years at NDSU, moved to strong safety.
FARGO—North Dakota State basketball player Dexter Werner, who just finished his decorated career with the Bison, is not done with athletics. He's going to give another sport a shot: Football. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound center will participate in NDSU's annual "Pro Day" next week. It's the skills evaluation that attracts professional scouts from a number of NFL teams that was a national story last year thanks to quarterback Carson Wentz.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—North Dakota State spent most of the regular season in the Summit League living in first place. It wasn't until late the Bison faded to the No. 2 seed and on Saturday night, March 4, the lights were turned out on the quest to reach the NCAA tournament.
FARGO — The Summit was a knock-'em-out, drag-'em-out slugfest in 2012-13 when games were often physical affairs and low-tempo offenses. Oakland University (Mich.), for instance, led the league in scoring at 74.1 points per game. Times have changed. Seven of the eight teams that qualified for the Summit tournament that starts today at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., averaged at least 75 points per game. It continued an upward trend in scoring that saw at least five teams score at least 75 a game last season after just one in 2013-14.
FARGO — The drive from Dave Richman's workplace to his home consists of a couple of campus roads, a couple of interstate highways and a few suburban blocks, a couple of which are still under construction. The commute takes about 25 minutes, and they are about the only 25 minutes the North Dakota State head basketball coach gets to decompress from the daily stress of leading a Division I men's program.
FARGO—The drive from Dave Richman's workplace to his home consists of a couple of campus roads, a couple of interstate highways and a few suburban blocks, a couple of which are still under construction. The commute takes about 25 minutes, and they are about the only 25 minutes the North Dakota State head basketball coach gets to decompress from the daily stress of leading a Division I men's program.
FARGO — The North Dakota State basketball career of Carlin Dupree began its 184th week of existence on Monday. As the senior guard heads to his fourth Summit League men's basketball tournament that begins Saturday, March 4, it's been a stellar run captivated by a few moments that made a national splash.
FARGO — It looks more like a complicated college math class project than possible results of men's basketball standings tiebreakers. You practically need a professor to dissect the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the Summit League put out on possible scenarios resulting from the games on Saturday. The Summit has one day left in the regular season and about the only thing that has been decided is ninth-place Oral Roberts will not make the eight-team postseason conference tournament. Otherwise, just about every seed is up for grabs.
FARGO—The North Dakota State athletic department now has a clear picture on the reductions it will be facing: It will lose $800,000 in state funding. NDSU will have to find more than $400,000 in each of the next two years in either cuts or additional revenue to make up for a reduction in state appropriations. The athletic department receives $2.1 million in state funding and school President Dean Bresciani said Wednesday, Feb. 22, 40 percent of that will be cut in this biennium. It's part of the directive by the North Dakota Legislature to cut higher education costs.
FARGO—When it became apparent North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman was looking for an offensive coordinator, the job wasn't open for very long. Maybe a few seconds, at the most. There wasn't even a need to interview Courtney Messingham, most likely because there is nothing Klieman didn't know about him. They've been friends since they played on the same youth baseball team in fifth and sixth grade in Waterloo, Iowa and hardly a month went by since both got into coaching in the early 1990s that they didn't talk to each other.