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Former UND and NFL standout Dave Osborn will headline an event Wednesday night at UND's Gorecki Alumni Center. The 75-year-old Osborn, who played in the offensive backfield for 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings, is expected to speak as part of North Dakota Farmers Union, which will be giving away scholarships for youth to attend summer camps. Osborn was a standout for the UND in the 1960s and his No. 41 is the only retired number in program history.
UND cornerback Deion Harris never felt as good as he did last July, as he prepared for a senior season that was expected to be filled with NFL draft aspirations and lofty expectations for the rising Fighting Hawks. That all changed in a mid-July team conditioning workout at Memorial Stadium. Harris planted his foot and attempted to turn.
Earlier this spring, USA Today reached out to Grand Forks Central boys hockey coach Grant Paranica in an attempt to track down photos of his team and goalie Kaleb Johnson. Paranica didn't know until Wednesday afternoon, however, when he received a text message from a friend, that he had been selected as the 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Coach of the Year. "I know there's a lot of great, qualified coaches around the country," Paranica said. "It's an honor to be considered and recognized among them. I've never thought of myself in that way.
The No. 1 thing Andrew Krauseneck, the owner of Grand Forks' Albatross Indoor Golf Club, hears these days is customers telling him he has to be the only one in town happy about the weather. "I just look back and smile," Krauseneck said. This first weekend in April, which coincides with the Masters Tournament, is typically the last weekend Krauseneck keeps the business open before shutting down for the summer. This year, with temperatures Friday still well below freezing, Krauseneck will keep the business open a bit longer.
UND defensive ends Drew Greely and Brandon Dranka were seniors in 2017. The two played as true freshman in coach Bubba Schweigert's first season and started nearly all four years. Defensive end Austin Cieslak, a raw athlete from Hazen, N.D., was also in the first recruiting class for Schweigert in 2014. Now, after redshirting his first season and relegated to reserve duty behind Greely and Dranka the years after that, Cieslak is projected as a starter in 2018 and his position coach thinks he could have a big year.
Growing up, UND running backs coach Malcolm Agnew was close with his older brother, Ray. "Where there was Ray, there was Malcolm," Agnew said. He sees that connection with UND standouts John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. "You get one, you get both," Agnew said. "They're actually like brothers."
The cold, snowy spring weather won’t stop the UND softball team from hosting a Big Sky Conference series this weekend. For the first time in the building’s 17-year history, the Alerus Center will host UND’s softball games against Montana on Friday and Saturday on the turf football field.
When Bubba Schweigert took over the head football coaching job at UND prior to the 2014 season, one of his first orders of business was to overhaul the program's run defense. Results were nearly immediate. After giving up 188.1 yards on the ground per game in Chris Mussman's last season in 2013, Schweigert's teams followed with averages of 102.5 in 2014, 100.1 in 2015 and 91.3 in 2016. The run-stopping expectation was set as UND's record improved, moving from 5-7 in Schweigert's first year to 7-4 in his second year and 9-3 in his third.
Former UND offensive lineman Ben Olson, a starter on the program's 2001 NCAA Division II national championship team, died Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. Olson, who was living in Greeley, Colo., was 37. "Our football family is saddened by his passing at such a young age," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "He was a really good football player for us. He was steady and developed into a strong performer. His family is definitely in our thoughts and prayers."
Speaking after the UND football practice Friday morning at the High Performance Center, Fighting Hawks offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Rudolph's voice was hoarse and nearly gone all together. The way he's praising his highly anticipated quarterback battle, it's safe to say Rudolph didn't lose his voice ripping into his signal callers. "We're barely a third of the way through spring, and I think giving them all a fair chance is the best thing we can do," Rudolph said. "I've been really pleased with all three."