There is a group of people reporters, particularly columnists, like more than any other. It is those people who have a thought in their head and when they open their mouth to share that thought with the world … it comes out unfiltered. Such people are increasingly rare in this Internet-driven world, where a spicy quote will go global in a matter of seconds. They are almost non-existent in college football, where coaches and players generally would rather be punched below the waist than offer bulletin board material for an opponent.
Carson Wentz says he’ll “come back stronger than ever” from a knee injury that ended his season, even though “it will be tough on me for a little bit.” Through a video posted on Twitter late Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback said the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in his left knee Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams is part of Jesus’ plan for him.
Wofford football coach Mike Ayers chatted with WDAY-TV’s Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Mike McFeely on Friday afternoon as the Terriers held a walk-through at the Fargodome to prepare for their FCS playoff game Saturday against North Dakota State. You can watch the full interview in the scroll above. For more on this game, click here.
North Dakota State’s football team is favored to beat tiny Wofford College by 20 points on Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals, according to the betting Web site 5dimes. The Bison are the No. 2 seed, the Terriers No. 7 and the game is being played at the Fargodome, where fans have been known to make life miserable for opposing offenses.
Chris Klieman did what football coaches do. More, actually. He opened his Monday press conference by volunteering information that three backup players were kicked off the North Dakota State football team and a fourth backup was suspended for one game . And then he wouldn’t talk about it anymore.
There is a list in the North Dakota State football coaches’ offices showing the Bison players who’ve been lost for the season to injury. As of now, it contains 13 names. (Sidebar: Head coach Chris Klieman says eight of those players have torn anterior cruciate ligaments in their knees. That has to be some sort of macabre record.) Some of the names are familiar, like star defensive end Greg Menard and wunderkind offensive lineman Dillon Radunz. Others are scout team players who are not familiar to fans, like receivers Brant Bohmert and Trevor Heit.
Those who follow the Football Championship Subdivision have been hoping for The Rematch since James Madison defeated North Dakota State in the playoff semifinals a year ago and the Dukes went on to win a national championship. Ever since the Dukes beat the Bison 27-17 at the Fargodome in December 2016 to stop NDSU’s streak of FCS national titles at five, the hope was that the two schools would meet again in the playoffs in 2017.
NORMAL, Ill. — At the bottom of the scoreboard at north end of Hancock Stadium, home of the Illinois State football team, there is a sign. It reads: “2015 NCAA D-I FCS National Champion Runner-Up”
The strangest offensive series of North Dakota State’s 33-21 loss at South Dakota State came near the end of the first half when Bison offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham called for four straight pass plays with less than 4 minutes left. The drive ended when quarterback Easton Stick threw an interception to SDSU’s Jordan Brown with 1:40 remaining in the second quarter, a gift the Jackrabbits turned into a touchdown just before halftime.
Carson Wentz has gone from little-recruited Bismarck Century quarterback to Football Championship Subdivision and North Dakota State star to No. 2 overall NFL draft choice to solid rookie season to … NFL Most Valuable Player?