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Dizzo's Den

WDAY-TV Sports Director Dom Izzo hosts a weekly podcast connecting listeners with the big name athletes from the Red River Valley and the journalists that cover them.

Latest Episodes
Dizzo's Den Podcast: Cordell Volson on playing in the AFC Championship Game
Tue Jan 24 17:24:00 EST 2023
It's hard to imagine how crazy the last 365 days have been for Cordell Volson.

The former North Dakota State All-American offensive lineman left Frisco, Texas in January of 2022 after winning a fourth national championship to pursue his NFL dreams.

Volson began training for the East-West Shrine Game in Minneapolis and had a great week in Las Vegas, which turned into an invite to the NFL Combine. Volson had a great week in Indianapolis and a solid Pro Day in Fargo.

He ended up being selected in the fourth round by the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, who were looking to upgrade their offensive line to protect all-world quarterback, Joe Burrow.

Volson came in to training camp and wowed the coaches and found himself in the starting lineup for the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He hasn't left the lineup since.

He was the only regular starter on the offensive line in the Bengals 27-10 win over the Buffalo Bills that sent them to the AFC Championship Game to match up with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Volson visited with WDAY's Dom Izzo about the last year and about getting a chance to play in the NFL's final four.

Dizzo's Den Podcast: Kansas State Athletic Director Gene Taylor
Fri Dec 30 17:02:00 EST 2022
WDAY's Dom Izzo visits with Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor on the Wildcats facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

How Taylor got razzed about hiring Chris Klieman from NDSU and now four years later it's been paid off with a Big 12 championship.

They also discuss what it will take to get NDSU up to the FBS level and how Power 5 football is changing. 

Dizzo's Den Podcast: Missouri Valley Commissioner Patty Viverito on an all-Valley FCS title game
Sat Dec 24 14:37:00 EST 2022
Christmas came early for Missouri Valley Football Commissioner Patty Viverito.

The top league in the FCS got not one, but two teams into the FCS Championship Game in Frisco, Texas. North Dakota State and South Dakota State will meet for the title on January 8th, televised nationally by ABC.

Viverito visits about the history of adding NDSU and SDSU into the old Gateway Football Conference and the challenges that presented each school when they were admitted.

She also discusses what the Bison and Jackrabbits have done for the conference and how the league has tried to keep up with the top two teams in the country.

Viverito also chats about an update on Murray State University, the Racers are set to join the league in July as the conference's 12th member.

The juiciest news comes on a potential change to the FCS Playoff structure, which could go to seeding the top 16 teams.

 

Dizzo's Den: ESPN's Dan Margulis on the FCS Championship Game moving to Sunday and ABC
Mon Dec 19 16:48:00 EST 2022
ESPN's Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions Dan Margulis joins Dom Izzo to discuss the moving of the 2023 FCS Championship Game to a Sunday and ABC.

North Dakota State will face South Dakota State in the FCS title game on January 8th, a game that will be televised on WDAY-TV at 1pm central time. 

Margulis goes in to the decision making process of why the game was moved and going straight up against the final week of the NFL regular season.

The return of the Den
Fri Jul 01 15:10:58 EDT 2022
Dom Izzo re-launches his Dizzo's Den podcast, which will be a combination of local sports and the other interests he has, ranging from nerd movies to outrageous food opinions.

Today's show is sports heavy with West Fargo Sheyenne senior defensive end Karter Menz about his commitment to play football at the University of Minnesota.

Also featured in the show is the North Dakota High School Activites Association Executive Director Matt Fetsch, who visits about the separation of the state hockey tournaments and is there any talk of extending the spring sports season.

Bison Media Zone: South Dakota Postgame Show
Mon Nov 22 11:31:27 EST 2021
No, 4-ranked North Dakota State scored 28 points in the game's first 18 minutes and cruised to a 52-24 victory against No. 16-ranked South Dakota on Saturday in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

“Our kids came ready to play," Bison head coach Matt Entz said. "I’m really excited with where we’re at right now.”

The Bison (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) clinched an outright MVFC title with the victory and close their regular-season with back-to-back victories heading in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

NDSU quarterback Cam Miller completed 19 of 23 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown as the Bison gained 522 yards on 70 plays against the Coyotes. NDSU rushed for 303 yards on 47 attempts.

Bison Media Zone: South Dakota State Postgame Show
Wed Nov 10 11:31:07 EST 2021
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South Dakota State running back Pierre Strong Jr. rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass. His performance sparked the Jackrabbits to a 27-19 victory against North Dakota State on Saturday in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Dana J, Dykhouse Stadium.

The Bison (8-1, 5-1 MVFC) remained in first place in the Missouri Valley despite the loss. SDSU (7-2, 4-2) has won two consecutive Dakota Marker trophy games. NDSU has two games remaining in the regular season.

SDSU built a 27-7 lead in the third quarter and the Bison weren't able to recover, even though NDSU limited the Jackrabbits to 79 yards in the second half.

Bison Media Zone: South Dakota State Game Preview
Thu Nov 04 16:21:33 EDT 2021
The top rivalry in the FCS returns this Saturday with plenty at stake.

North Dakota State travels to South Dakota State as the Jacks look for a second straight win in the series. SDSU beat NDSU 27-17 back in April, as the Jackrabbits won the Missouri Valley Football Conference and played in the FCS Championship Game for the first time, falling to Sam Houston.

The Bison head to Brookings with an 8-0 record for the sixth time since 2013. Ironically, SDSU handed the Bison their first loss in 2017 in Brookings, 33-21. NDSU proceeded to win 39 straight games, an FCS record after that loss.

SDSU enters with a 6-2 record, with both losses at home, to Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa. The Jackrabbits are hoping to get standout running back Isaiah Davis back, he has missed a majority of the season with an upper body injury.

Bison Media Zone: Indiana State Postgame Show
Mon Nov 01 11:56:13 EDT 2021
No. 2-ranked North Dakota State scored 30 points in the opening half and cruised to a 44-2 victory against Indiana State on Saturday in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

The Bison (8-0, 5-0 MVFC) remained unbeaten this season.

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Bison Media Zone: Indiana State Game Preview
Fri Oct 29 12:41:57 EDT 2021
North Dakota State returns to the field this Saturday and will face an opponent they haven't seen since 2017. Indiana State returns to the schedule after rotating off in 2018 and 2019, the Sycamores opted out of the 2020 season.

Jeff Kolpack and Dom Izzo discuss the potential change at quarterback and everything else surrounding Bison football.