Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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The UND search committee, charged with helping to find the school’s next athletic director, met for the first time Monday afternoon. Thirteen members of the committee met in person in the UND Tech Accelerator building, while two members and a consultant joined via conference call. Brian Faison, UND’s current athletic director, will retire Dec. 31 and stay on as a consultant for the department through the end of June.
When the UND football coaching staff found out Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud was going to be suspended for Saturday’s 1 p.m. matchup at the Alerus Center, the guessing game began. “It sure has us wondering what we’re going to see,” UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. “He’s a very good player. He’s a top guy. Not just in our league, but in the country. You always want to challenge yourself to play those guys, but how does that change their attack? I don’t know, I guess we’ll know Saturday.”
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The UND football team wanted to prove it could beat a Top 25 program on the road. The Fighting Hawks were out to show the young, injury-riddled team had turned a corner after gaining experience throughout the year. On Saturday night at Eccles Coliseum, however, UND's performance was disappointingly familiar during this rocky 2017 season. UND's defense couldn't stop the run or the pass as No. 17 Southern Utah racked up 494 yards of total offense in a 47-21 Big Sky Conference victory in front of 7,641.
Q. What's your first memory of football? A. There's this picture my mom has of flag football. I always remember it because I was 3 years old, playing with 5-year-olds ... I shouldn't have been playing. My face was upset in the picture because I was never really into football, but my dad told me to stick with it. Q. Coming from Carmel, Ind., how did you land at UND?
CEDAR CITY, Utah—The UND football team closes out the 2017 season with a pair of Top 25 matchups against Southern Utah and Eastern Washington. At the start of the year, many anticipated these two games to help shape the Fighting Hawks' playoff picture. But an injury-riddled 3-6 campaign has left some wondering if UND's mantra the next two weeks, starting in today's 7 p.m. kickoff with SUU, is to play the role of spoiler. UND head coach Bubba Schweigert, however, doesn't embrace the spoiler card rallying cry.
Grand Forks Red River senior Maggie Steffen made sure there weren't any upsets Thursday night in the Roughriders' gym. Steffen's 16 kills led the No. 7 Roughriders to a 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 win over No. 10 Grand Forks Central in a play-in game to the East Region tournament. Red River, which hasn't lost to Central since the 1996-97 season, advances to the region quarterfinals at No. 2 Valley City at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Central's biggest challenge came in the second set when the Knights took a 10-7 lead on a Sadie McGee service ace.
Lexi Klabo and Fallyn Freije grew up playing high school basketball in North Dakota and teamed up in the AAU circuit. In 2014, they both committed to play college basketball at UND. Now, entering the 2017-18 UND women's basketball season, Klabo and Freije are making another move together. Klabo and Freije have become the face of the Fighting Hawks, who open exhibition play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Minnesota Morris at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
PORTLAND, Ore.—UND's John Santiago has cranked out the highlights in his three-year college career, but perhaps none have been as impressive as his 64-yard punt return for a touchdown on Saturday night. Santiago's special teams score sparked a 48-21 win over Portland State at Providence Park. "I love getting a return and making something out of nothing," Santiago said. "I saw that the punter outkicked his coverage a little bit. I took it and trusted my blocks. I was really trying to get into that end zone."
PORTLAND, Ore.—John Santiago generated a stunning highlight. Keaton Studsrud hit timely passes. UND's defense was attacking. For a moment, in unique Providence Park in downtown, you could almost forget that UND's preseason hype has long faded and a year filled with injuries and mishaps is nearing an end. At least for a night, Fighting Hawks fans could enjoy many of the reasons this 2017 season was supposed to be special.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- UND junior John Santiago's 64-yard punt return for a touchdown keyed a 21-point third quarter to lead the Fighting Hawks to a 48-21 win over Portland State on Saturday night at Providence Park. UND, which won its first road game of the season, improved to 3-6. Portland State dropped to 0-8. The Fighting Hawks fell behind 14-0, then outscored the Vikings 48-7 the rest of the way.