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North Dakota Sports

Bison hold on to recruiting class after a week of change

FARGO — North Dakota State named Matt Entz as the next Bison head football coach on Monday, Dec. 17, effective after the NCAA Division I FCS national title game Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas. The reality is Entz had two days to prove himself. It ultimately was his job to retain NDSU’s 25 verbal ...

Iowa State quarterback will transfer to NDSU

FARGO — North Dakota State landed a quarterback Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, on the first day of the NCAA early-signing period. It just wasn’t the one as previously advertised. The school announced that Zeb Noland will transfer from Iowa State to NDSU. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Noland will ...

Linebacker will shun multiple FBS schools and sign with Bison

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — There is no official record for the North Dakota State football recruit over the years who signed a letter of intent with the Bison with the most scholarship offers. Certainly, Luke Weerts will be near the top if not on the top rung. The ...

Nebraska QB de-commits from UND football

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football program received the wrong kind of recruiting news Sunday, Dec. 16, with the NCAA's early signing period less than a week away. Quarterback Cedric Case, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound prep star in Lincoln, ...

2018-19 ND Officials Association Hall of Fame Inductees announced

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Officials Association (NDOA) announces the 49th induction class to the 2018-19 Hall of Fame as determined at its recent Board of Directors meeting. The inductees will be recognized and receive awards at various North Dakota High School Activities ...

Entz’s path to NDSU head football coach was 20 years in the making

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Matt Entz was notified last Tuesday night by North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen that the Bison administration wanted to interview him a day later about becoming the school’s next head football coach. That meeting was held ...

Augustana athletic director has experience moving programs to Division I

FARGO — Josh Morton has been part of a college athletic program making the move up to NCAA Division I before. This time, it’s with a private school. Morton is the first-year athletic director at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., which announced Thursday, Dec. 13, that it will be ...

Stick leads NDSU into FCS title game

FARGO (AP) — Quarterback Easton Stick ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score to help North Dakota State defeat rival South Dakota State 44-21 in the FCS semifinals Friday night. Bruce Anderson added two rushing touchdowns for the undefeated and top-seeded Bison ...

Jacks try to take next FCS step, powerful Bison up next

FARGO (AP) — South Dakota State linebacker Christian Rozeboom tried watching last year's Football Championship Subdivision title game between rival North Dakota State and the team that knocked them out of the semifinals, James Madison. It wasn't long before he turned the channel. "It was ...

Kansas State hires Klieman to lead football program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State hired Chris Klieman of North Dakota State to lead its football program Monday night, passing the reins from retired Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder to someone with three Football Championship Subdivision titles but little Big 12 experience. Klieman was ...

NDSU’s Klieman bound for Big 12, Kansas State

Coach will stay with Bison through playoffs By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — One of the most impressive coaching runs in NCAA college football history at one school is coming to a close this season. North Dakota State University’s Chris Klieman has accepted the head ...

No. 1-ranked Bison shut down Colgate to roll into FCS semifinals

FARGO — North Dakota State needed only four plays to cover 96 yards on its opening drive Saturday, Dec. 8, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Runs of 6, 32 and 26 yards, with a 32-yard pass play sprinkled in, led to an early touchdown for the top-seeded Bison. That would prove to be ...

Bison football playoff attendance drop ‘disappointing’

FARGO — It appears the two smallest crowds for North Dakota State football games this season will be the first two Division I FCS playoff games. About 2,000 tickets were still available as of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, for Saturday morning’s quarterfinal clash with Colgate at Gate City ...

Klieman says national ESPN exposure still valuable to Bison

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — The alarm clocks will sound early on Saturday, Dec. 8, for the players and coaches on the North Dakota State football team. That’s the way the Bison head coach likes it. Chris Klieman says the earlier, the better when it comes to college ...

No. 1-ranked Bison blitz Bobcats, cruise into FCS quarterfinals

FARGO — Montana State ripped off a 71-yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage during the NCAA Division I FCS second-round playoff game Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1. The early adrenaline rush didn’t last for the Bobcats. No. 1-ranked North Dakota State scored at will in the first ...

Montana State trying to catch top-level FCS teams in facilities arms race

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Montana State head football coach Jeff Choate began his press conference this week with a reference to practicing football during the winter in Bozeman, Mont. There’s nothing more Choate would like under his tree this Christmas than an indoor ...

Promoting within

UND elevates Danny Freund to offensive coordinator By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — A familiar face will be the new offensive play-caller for the University of North Dakota football team. UND has promoted wide receivers coach Danny Freund to offensive coordinator, the ...

Valley rewards Bison players at record all-league pace

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — The North Dakota State football program broke another school record on Monday, Nov. 26. This one speaks to the level of authority the Bison had on the Missouri Valley Football Conference this fall. NDSU put 15 players on either the all-Valley ...

Where does former UND coach Dave Hakstol stand after Flyers fire GM?

By Brad Elliott Schlossman Forum News Service PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday morning, Nov. 26, after a 10-11-2 start to the season. The Flyers have already used five different goaltenders this season and have the worst save percentage in ...