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NDSU football: Bison schedule Kansas: NDSU to get $375K for 2010 matchup

North Dakota State may have lost an NCAA tournament men's basketball game to Kansas, but the Bison didn't leave the Metrodome empty-handed. They gained a football opponent.

North Dakota State may have lost an NCAA tournament men's basketball game to Kansas, but the Bison didn't leave the Metrodome empty-handed. They gained a football opponent.

What started as a casual conversation between NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor and KU athletic director Lew Perkins resulted in a 2010 football game in Lawrence, Kan. The Bison will get a $375,000 guarantee to play the Big 12 Conference opponent on Sept. 4.

"I was talking to Lew and said, 'I would love to play you in football,' " Taylor said. "And he said, 'As a matter of fact, we're trying to find somebody for a 2010 game.' He said he would get back to me."

Taylor said more progress was made in a meeting of athletic directors in Tempe, Ariz. KU will be the second straight Big 12 opponent for the Bison, who open next season at Iowa State.

NDSU still has one game to left to complete the 2010 scheduling, assuming Taylor can lock up a home game against Montana State, which owes the Bison a return game as part of a home-and-home deal.

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The KU guarantee is the same figure the Bison will get from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Taylor said the deal with the Jayhawks hasn't been signed yet, "but the contract is on the way."

The Jayhawks beat the Bison 84-74 in the first-round regional game. The ensuing discussion about the football game means NDSU has one game yet to schedule in 2010 and 2011. Taylor said discussions this year to fill this fall's schedule resulted in a lot of interest for a home game next season.

Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack's NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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