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Bohl OK being king of Fargo

It is a question asked with increasing frequency around the office vending machines of Fargo-Moorhead. It is a topic Craig Bohl dives into as willingly as he'd plunge into a hornet-filled wading pool. How long will Bohl remain the North Dakota St...

It is a question asked with increasing frequency around the office vending machines of Fargo-Moorhead.

It is a topic Craig Bohl dives into as willingly as he'd plunge into a hornet-filled wading pool.

How long will Bohl remain the North Dakota State football coach?

Make no mistake, as the coach likes to preface his sentences, nothing is imminent. There have been no offers, there has been no serious contact from the big boys.

But as is the case every time a Bison coach has success, the chatter in church and the gab in grocery stores centers on how long it will be before greener pastures come calling.

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It happened with Tim Miles last winter after, if you haven't heard, his Bison men's basketball team beat Wisconsin. With Bohl constructing a Top 10 Division I-AA football program, it will happen with him.

Bohl knows it's a fair question, not that it makes him any more eager to loosen his lips.

Here is what we know: If the Bison continue to win, the serious propositions will come Bohl's way.

Here is what we think we know: He is in no hurry to accept one.

Bohl is comfortable here. He is the CEO of an up-and-coming corporation known as Bison football, his president and athletic director keep him happy, he is paid well enough to live a very comfortable existence, there is little media pressure and if Fargo has glitterati, Bohl is part of that crowd.

The coach is the King of Fargo.

And it's good to be king.

We've learned several things about the not-so-glamorous world of Division I-AA football over the past few years and one of them is that the NDSU job is a good one, better than most in I-AA and - bloated salaries aside - superior to many at the lower levels of I-A.

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Bohl can win at NDSU and he can do so using plush offices and first-rate facilities that blow away those in places like Muncie, Ind. There are strata in I-A and most of them don't include locales that are home to Touchdown Jesus.

"Coaches move because they're frustrated where they are or they move because they feel like they have to make a move. I'm not in either of those situations," Bohl said. "And people often look at these things and say, 'Money has to be a big driving factor because there is so much money out there.' Honestly, that's not a real priority for me at this stage."

There is also this: Bohl says the single most important factor for a college football coach is his relationship with the AD. He says in the next sentence that he gets along swimmingly with his AD, Gene Taylor.

We've told you what we know and what we think we know. Now we'll throw our best guess against the wall and see if it sticks.

Bohl will be in Fargo until exactly the right I-A head coaching job comes along, at exactly the right school, in exactly the right conference, for exactly the right price. He will wait for that situation because he can, because being the King of Fargo is much better than being the King of Kent, Ohio.

The spoils are better here, even if there are two A's instead of one behind the Roman numeral.

Forum sports columnist Mike McFeely can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5580 or mmcfeely@forumcomm.com

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