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 personality of the weekend was laid down Friday morning, Sept. 23, when Wes Offerman of the North Dakota State sports information office tweeted a "humor power rankings" poll between Tim Miles, Saul Phillips and Dave Richman. According to Offerman's undisclosed tabulation methods, Phillips was the leader. Certainly, it didn't sit well with Miles—who, in this order of current and former Bison men's basketball coaches, could have pulled ranked. He was the one who hired Phillips and Richman as Bison assistants after all.
FARGO—Next man up. It's a slogan heard almost every year at North Dakota State and it's one you'll hear more of between now and the Oct. 1 homecoming game against Illinois State. The cardholder this time is junior Matt Plank, who is taking over the middle linebacker duties from Nick DeLuca. The latter is having surgery this week to repair a torn labrum and will apply for a medical hardship waiver to come back next season.
FARGO—The glory of North Dakota State's upset over the University of Iowa took a shot of reality on Monday. The heart and soul of the Bison defense will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Nick DeLuca's injured shoulder turned out to be too severe after all. Head coach Chris Klieman said his middle linebacker will have surgery this week to repair a torn labrum that will require a four-to-six month rehabilitation period. He said the decision was made after the Bison defeated Iowa 23-21 in a game that was still on the national media radar on Monday. Why now?
IOWA CITY, Iowa—The career path of North Dakota State running back King Frazier started with a wal-on shot at the University of Nebraska, where the hope was to be among the top running backs in the large stadiums of the Big Ten Conference. There were several detours to that dream, but he finally got his wish on Saturday, Sept. 17. He was the best running back in front of 70,585 fans at Kinnick Stadium.
IOWA City, Iowa—For North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman, the decision to go for a two-point conversion with under four minutes to play in the fourth quarter Saturday, Sept. 17, wasn't difficult. "We came here to win," Klieman said. "Period." Trailing by a point, the Bison didn't convert but later rallied for a 23-21 college football victory against the No. 11-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes after kicker Cam Pedersen hit a 37-yard field goal on the game's final play at Kinnick Stadium before 70,585 fans.
IOWA City, Iowa—Kinnick Stadium is aptly crowned a historic structure, with the bricks on its exterior dating back to the days when football players played in leather helmets. Certainly, when it comes to wins or losses with the home-standing Iowa Hawkeyes, there have been some big ones over the years. This one was a whopper.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — It's a house in conflict and it appears the father is the only one who will be loyal to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, Sept. 17. That's because Gene Taylor is the deputy athletic director at the school that signs his paychecks. As for the rest of the family? Gene says his wife, Cathy, is going to wear gold — a show of neutrality since Iowa and North Dakota State both claim it as a school color. Son Jared is all about NDSU since he was a Bison ballboy and grew up watching the program.
Jeff Kolpack of The Forum and Dom Izzo of WDAY, who combine to cover North Dakota State’s football team all season, offer their weekly picks of the 10 best teams...
FARGO -- It was in the summer of 2015 when Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delany laid down the scheduling law that left every Division I FCS school within reasonable...
FARGO—It was the 1982 Rose Bowl and the Iowa Hawkeyes went to Pasadena, Calif., led by quarterback Chuck Long, with a team that changed the fortunes of Hawkeyes football to this day. It was the program's first winning season since 1961 and the bandwagon was immediately in full force. That included a young kid from Waterloo, Iowa, who followed every minute of the bowl game loss to the University of Washington. Matt Entz was a hurting kid.