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UND announced Friday the search committee that will help the school find its next athletic director. UND said current UND athletic director Brian Faison will retire Dec. 31 and serve as a consultant through June 30, 2018. The committee will be led by UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Tom DiLorenzo. In addition to DiLorenzo, the committee includes: -- Jill Cholewa, entrepreneur, former UND volleyball player -- Dick Clay, men's and women's UND cross country coach
The UND football program went to Sacramento State last year and breezed to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Fighting Hawks came away with a 40-7 victory, ran for 422 yards and had three players rush for more than 100 yards. The gap between the two programs appeared massive. A little more than a year later, however, the two teams' seasons are trending in different directions. The Fighting Hawks, ravaged by injuries throughout the season, enter the rematch reeling, while the Hornets are one of the Big Sky Conference's surprises.
The UND volleyball team defended a lengthy home winning streak with some stingy defense. Faith Dooley's 10 blocks paced the Fighting Hawks' defense, which sparked a 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 sweep of Idaho State in Big Sky Conference play on Thursday night in front of 1,937 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND stretched its home winning streak to 18 straight. "I feel like we really dug in on defense," said UND's Jordan Vail, who led the offense with 13 kills. "We worked on it all week in practice and it was a lot of fun to see it clicking in the game."
On Pequot Lakes' first offensive drive, the Patriots faced third-and-19. To make matters more difficult, Pequot Lakes was down to its backup quarterback with the starter out with an injury. In the challenging down and distance, Patriots sophomore quarterback Cale Wolf found running back Deven Psyck open on a wheel route for a 37-yard gain. That timely offense was typical of the Patriots on Wednesday night. Pequot Lakes slowly distanced itself from the Green Wave in a 27-0 victory at Senior High field in the regular season finale for both teams.
UND officials drummed up all the dressings of a real retirement announcement at the High Performance Center on Tuesday morning. UND first carted out the shiny trophies the school won during athletic director Brian Faison's tenure. UND President Mark Kennedy then gifted a personalized hockey jersey to Faison and they posed for a photo. "Brian Faison has convinced me that this is the right time for him to retire," Kennedy said. UND can hit us with all the proper retirement bells and whistles it wants, but I'm not buying this as a natural retirement for a second.
With the news this morning that UND athletic director Brian Faison will retire, I’ll hand out the Tom Miller Consulting Firm to UND free of charge.
MISSOULA, Mont.—In one of the prettiest settings in college football, UND played one of the ugliest games of the Bubba Schweigert Era. Playing without starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud, the Fighting Hawks' offense sputtered as No. 24 Montana rolled to a 41-17 win over UND on Saturday in front of 25,085 fans on homecoming at scenic Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UND, which dropped to 2-5, gave up 38 or more points for the fourth-straight week—likely putting the finishing touches on any fading hopes of postseason play.
MISSOULA, Mont.—Montana linebacker Josh Buss noticed UND quarterback Keaton Studsrud in warmups at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. "I saw his knee wrapped," Buss said. "He wasn't throwing. He was hobbling around." It didn't take long for Buss to figure out what UND coaches were likely trying to keep under wraps as long as they could. Studsrud, though, eventually was added to the long list of injuries for the Fighting Hawks, who continued to struggle in a 41-17 loss to No. 24 Montana on Saturday.
MISSOULA, Mont.—This won't be the first time this season the UND football program has traveled west into the mountains to face a fast-paced offense in an unfriendly environment. UND opened the season at Utah against a Top 25 FBS program in front of more than 45,000 at scenic Rice-Eccles Stadium. The parallels can be drawn to today's 2 p.m. matchup with FCS No. 24 Montana for homecoming at 25,000-seat Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Q. What's your first memory of football? A. Flag football in kindergarten. There wasn't tackle football at the time and my dad would take me to the park where some college guys in town would organize something in Moorhead. Q. How did you end up at UND? A. UND talked to me the whole way. Toward the end of my senior season, they were showing the most interest. At that point, you can tell who's really interested in you and who is just there. I felt UND really wanted me. They sold me on the great personable coaches.