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FARGO -- Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best chuckled when asked if his football program has returned to the higher echelons of NCAA Division I FCS. "I'm not sure we ever left," Best said. "We got left on the front porch and nobody opened the door to let us in."
FARGO — It appears there will be a mess in Manhattan, Kan., home of Kansas State University and its fine football program. Bill Snyder is the 79-year-old coach of the Wildcats who some say has overstayed his time on the sidelines. Kansas State has fallen into mediocrity the last several seasons and there are those who want Snyder to ride off quietly into an ambassador's role.
FARGO - It may come as a surprise, given my smooth delivery and calm demeanor while always serving up level-headed commentary on 970 WDAY, but hosting a solo radio talk-show is hard work. Really hard work. For me, anyway. In fact, it's exhausting and time-consuming. You might say all-consuming, if you care about quality. And I do.
FARGO — Heidi Heitkamp was an anomaly in North Dakota politics, a Democrat who survived a statewide race years after it seemed plausible. Her victory over Republican Rick Berg for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2012, hard-earned and well-deserved, should have given her this nickname: The Accidental Senator.
FARGO — When James Madison plays at home, the press box at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va., has a couple of televisions tuned to North Dakota State football games. The Dukes, it is clear by being on campus, are keeping a close eye on the Bison. Such is life among the elite programs in Division I FCS. But is James Madison playing like an elite team in the final weeks of the 2018 season, two years after it won a national championship and a season after finishing runner-up to NDSU?
FARGO — There was optimism in the hotel ballroom when the doors opened to the public at 8 p.m. Tuesday. There really was. Despite the national projections, despite the uphill battle Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's supporters knew she faced, despite some early returns from eastern states that suggested the blue wave was going to be nothing of the sort. At least in the Senate. It took only an hour for reality to set in and for the energy to drain. What some North Dakota Democratic-NPLers had hoped would be a shocking celebration instead turned into a farewell for their woman.
FARGO — Illinois State head coach Brock Spack, a familiar face to those who follow North Dakota State football, looked a little different Saturday, Oct. 20. His once-impressive mustache was just growing back in again, a little grayer than before, after he shaved it off last week. That was the result of a bet Spack made with his players. If the Redbirds won by 35 points or more against rival Southern Illinois, Spack would say goodbye to the soup-strainer.
FARGO — The last time we heard from Towson's football team, it was losing 35-7 to North Dakota State in the NCAA Division I FCS championship game after the 2013 season. Running back Terrance West was the star of that Tigers team, getting drafted in the third round by the NFL's Cleveland Browns a few months after the title game in Frisco, Texas. The Tigers went 4-8 in 2014 and have had only one winning season since making the championship game. They've not returned to the FCS playoffs.
MACOMB, Ill. — Marquise Bridges probably should've had a defensive touchdown for North Dakota State on the game's first possession. Western Illinois quarterback Sean McGuire threw a quick little pass in the right flat to John Brunner, but Bridges stepped in front of the ball at the Leathernecks 25. Clunk. The ball hit Bridges, a normally sure-handed cornerback, in the belly and dropped to the Hanson Field turf. There wasn't a Western Illinois player between Bridges and the end zone. Clank.
FARGO — First, the basics. Elon, if you didn't know, is a private university 20 minutes east of Greensboro, N.C., with an enrollment of about 6,800. The athletics teams are nicknamed the Phoenix and compete in the Colonial Athletic Association.