IT'S SIMPLY GRAND! What do we do now?
It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin' on the... Posted on 8/31/11 at 12:07 PM
UND’s search for its next football coach intensifies beginning today now that the application deadline has closed. The application deadline for the position was Tuesday. At the end of the day, UND had received 72 applications — including one with close ties to North Dakota football.
It’s understandable if UND wants to get beyond volleyball coach Ashley Hardee’s resignation and move on. But that mustn’t happen — at least not before an investigation has been completed, the university has reconsidered key policies, and the findings and any policy changes have been announced.
Tuesday is the application deadline for search to find the next UND football coach. But it’s still too early to determine when UND’s next coach will be hired. In its job description, UND said the application deadline is Tuesday but the position will remain open until filled.
UND has an older, experienced basketball men’s basketball team. Still, it was almost an eye-opening experience for the North Dakota players when they made their first appearance at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night to meet Butler.
Five high school seniors have signed letters of intent to play baseball for UND. The five are: Brett Harrison, Winnipeg; Zach Heaser, Eyota, Minn.; Miles Lewis, Hudson, Wis.; Cameron Powell, Bourbonnais, Ill; and Connor Trygstad, Plymouth, Minn.
Clarkson forward Jamie Lee Rattray scored both goals in a 2-1 Clarkson victory over UND on Saturday afternoon to help the Golden Knights grab a split against UND in a matchup that both teams know will be big come NCAA tournament selection time.
Inside the UND locker room, the music blared. Outside, players smiled, laughed and joked. “We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” senior captain Dillon Simpson explained. That’s why Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over Western Michigan was so rewarding for the UND men’s hockey team.
UND made a trip to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night and for the first 16 minutes of the game, UND had a surprising shot at making history. But Butler University — now a member of the big-time Big East — used a four-minute power surge late in the first half to defeat North Dakota 79-64 before 6,355 fans at Hinkle — the sixth-oldest venue in college basketball.
It was bitterly cold outside the other night at my lake cabin, my reluctance to close it up for the winter now edging into the second week of December. Outside, great pillows of snow adorned the cluster of needles on the pine trees.
The UND women’s hockey team took a big step toward the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. Even though it’s still three months until the bracket will be picked, UND’s 2-1 win over No. 6 Clarkson figures to pay big dividends at that time.
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