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UND hires Maurice

UND head coach Bubba Schweigert completed his initial coaching staff on Friday by naming Kevin Maurice as his running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

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Maurice has spent the past two seasons at Purdue where he began his tenure as a graduate assistant before being named director of player personnel. In February of 2013, he was elevated to assistant recruiting coordinator at the Big Ten school for head coach Danny Hope.

"We are excited to bring Kevin onto the staff," Schweigert said. "He brings a wide base of offensive knowledge; two-back sets, pistol schemes and many of the concepts we plan to implement into our offensive packages here.

"He also has a broad recruiting base as well and has recruited at the FBS level in a number of areas across the country. He is a dynamic young man and will be a great addition for us."

Prior to his two years in West Lafayette, Ind., Maurice made stops at three other FBS programs with the latest coming as an offensive graduate assistant at Nevada in 2011. He briefly served as a recruiting assistant at Miami (Fla.) before joining the Nevada staff. Maurice spent the 2010 season as a recruiting assistant for head coach Butch Jones at Cincinnati.

"I feel really good about this opportunity," Maurice said. "As a player in the early 2000s, I remember UND winning championships and recognized their championship tradition. And, after working with Coach (Tim) Tibesar at Purdue and talking with him about what the UND program has to offer, I cannot wait to immerse myself in the Grand Forks community and get started."

Before making the move to the FBS level, Maurice spent a season as the running backs coach at Midwestern State (Texas) in 2009 and was an offensive coordinator at North Miami (Fla.) High School in 2008. The Miami native played collegiately at UTEP for two seasons in 2003 and 2004 and finished his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at St. Joseph's (Ind.) College in 2005.

Hardin ready for game

CARSON, Calif. -- Former UND standout Greg Hardin will play in today's NFLPA all-star game.

For the past week, Hardin has been showcasing his skills in front of NFL personnel from all 32 teams and learning from some of the best coaches and players the league has produced.

"It's been a great experience and I've learned a lot from former players and coaches," Hardin said. "We've been surrounded by players like Willie Parker (former Pittsburgh Steelers running back), Daunt Culpepper (former Minnesota Vikings quarterback) and Andre Reed (former Buffalo Bills wide receiver) just to name a couple."

Hardin is among 13 Division I wide receivers from the FBS and FCS level playing in this all-star game set to air on ESPN2. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff.

A typical day for Hardin has consisted of breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and team meetings from 7:30-10 a.m. After lunch at 11 a.m., both the American and National teams head to the Stubhub Center where the game will be played for an afternoon practice.

The practices have lasted about 2½ hours and when those are concluded, the players go back to the hotel for dinner. After the meal, the NFLPA gave various presentations for about an hour, then the players are interviewed by different team representatives and scouts that are working the game.

"Everyone wants to show that they belong," Hardin said. "We've only gone up against our team (in the practices), so it's been a good tempo, but we are all competing for something here, so they have been spirited.

"I just want to play to the best of my ability. And, as always get that team win."

BRIEFLY

• Men's hockey: UND junior forward Mark MacMillan, who served a key leadership role in the largest charitable fundraiser in UND Athletics history, is one of 18 national candidates for the 2014 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award, in its 19th year, recognizes college hockey's finest citizen and includes players of both genders from Divisions I, II and III hockey. MacMillan played a vital role in the conception, execution and promotion of UND's 2014 North Dakota Strong campaign, which raised $33,129.98 for cancer research. Donations were collected at various UND Athletics home events, as well as through Amazon.com payments, North Dakota Strong T-shirt sales at local retailers and a game-used men's hockey jersey auction at UNDsports.com. Additionally, Amazon pledged and matched a gift of $5,000. All proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research and will benefit the community of Grand Forks, including patients of Altru Health System, a member of the Mayo Clinic Health Network.

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