Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: Is there a deeper issue with Bison basketball exits?

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Our sportscasts have been filled over the last month with news of both men's and women's basketball players and coaches leaving NDSU.

All told 13 players and three coaches have departed since the season ended about a month ago.

I have received a ton of messages asking what's wrong with the Bison basketball teams?

There isn't a simple answer here. Five of those players left had graduated NDSU, two others had been here four years.

There are questions though. Maleeck Harden-Hayes told me this morning that he and head coach Dave Richman's philosophy didn't match on the reason he left.


I'm told Henning's Ellie Dague was not of a fan of Jory Collins' intense coaching style.

In this commentary space, I said last year that the transfer portal isn't going anywhere and we need to embrace it or watch something else.

Is there something wrong with NDSU's basketball programs?

Maybe, but I'd point to other programs that are dealing with the same thing. Minnesota's women's team has 3 scholarship players left and had a coach leave for another job.

It's an odd time in college sports right now. Everyone needs to adapt, that includes the coaches and the players.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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