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UND AD continuing push for home-and-home series with NDSU

GRAND FORKS - University of North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison is continuing his push to restore the UND-North Dakota State football rivalry with games in both Fargo and Grand Forks.

Faison sent an e-mail to NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor last week continuing to try to land a home-and-home series (one game in Fargo, one in Grand Forks), despite Taylor's previous proposals that UND only come to Fargo for a guarantee game.

On May 8, Taylor offered UND a guarantee of $125,000 to play a game in the Fargodome on September 19, 2015.

"I know in my e-mail I mentioned a higher guarantee, but that was based on both 2015 and 2017 games," said Taylor, whose previous e-mails offered guarantees of $175,000 to $190,000. "If you want to consider a two game guarantee I will consider different options on the guarantee close to what I had mentioned in my previous e-mails."

Faison responded, again, with a request for a home-and-home series, according to an e-mail obtained by an open-record request by the Grand Forks Herald.

"UND's efforts over these past four years have been to get the football series renewed between our schools," Faison wrote. "It had nothing to do with a guarantee. It has been about bringing an athletics competition that the whole state has looked forward to."

Faison continued, saying UND would play NDSU in Fargo on September 19, 2015, for no guarantee, "knowing that you will do the right thing and return the game to Grand Forks on any one of seven alternative dates I have given you in earlier e-mails."

Those dates include possible games in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

"Just as you were able to work out a home-and-home series recently with Weber State, there should be no reason why we cannot get this same thing done for our series," Faison wrote to Taylor. "You even have a draft contract that we sent you in January of 2013. . . that could help frame getting this done in short order."

Even though the sides appear to disagree on framework, Faison indicated in his e-mail that both schools want to play the game.

"I know we both want to see the renewal of the series, so let's get it done," Faison wrote.

UND and NDSU haven't played in football since 2003. NDSU left the North Central Conference the following year and began its transition to NCAA Division I status. UND later joined NDSU in its move to Division I, but the teams are in different leagues.

NDSU is in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. UND is in the Big Sky Conference.