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Since the season ended, the UND men's basketball program has been searching for a point guard and a few more games for the 2010-11 season. But the program no longer needs to search for a rival. UND's rivalry with North Dakota State officially has resumed. The two men's basketball programs will play next season, with UND visiting NDSU on Dec. 11. The game tentatively is scheduled for the Bison Sports Arena but could be moved to the Fargodome. "It's exciting news for us and the fans of both programs," UND coach Brian Jones said Wednesday.
The Summit League slightly opened a window of opportunity for UND last week, agreeing to consider the school for membership during an upcoming meeting of the league's presidents. That's good news for the majority of UND's athletic teams looking for long-term conference affiliation -- the No. 1 goal for the school when it made the move to Division I athletics two years ago. The Summit, however, doesn't offer football. So, where does that leave the Sioux football program -- one of the marquee athletic programs at UND?
Quarterback Brent Goska wasn't wearing the red jersey during UND's scrimmage Saturday at Memorial Stadium. But that was OK with the Sioux backup. As a running quarterback, Goska knows he'll take some hits when UND opens its season Sept. 2 at Idaho. He might as well get used to the contact. The other backup quarterbacks -- Marcus Hendrickson and Seth Nichols -- didn't wear red jerseys, either. The three quarterbacks weren't off limits to the Sioux defense.
UND's 2010 football season starts with back-to-back road games against two teams that played in bowl games last season. It ends with back-to-back road games against two teams that advanced to the Division I FCS playoffs in 2009. UND announced Friday the addition of South Dakota State to its 2010 schedule. The game is set for Nov. 20 in Brookings and it caps perhaps UND's most demanding schedule in school history. SDSU reached the FCS playoffs last season, as did Montana. The Sioux will play Montana in Missoula on Nov. 13. To start its 11-game season, UND will play at Idaho on Sept.
The Summit League will discuss UND's application to join the 10-team conference in June. UND athletic director Brian Faison said he talked to Summit commissioner Tom Douple on today. Douple told the UND athletic director that the school's application to join the Summit will be discussed at a meeting of league presidents in June. "That is just the first step in the process," Faison said. UND has applied to join the Summit, the league that best fits UND and its move to Division I athletics.
The decision to retire the UND nickname and logo hasn't been a topic of hot conversion at the Summit League. What that means, however, is anyone's guess. Summit commissioner Tom Douple said Wednesday that the league is watching the situation at UND now that the school has begun the process of retiring its controversial nickname and logo. The league, however, has not acted in any official capacity regarding UND's desire to join the 10-team conference. "Right now, we're going to monitor the situation," Douple said. UND has applied to join the Summit, the league that best fits UND and its mo
The ball popped out of his grasp twice during UND's first spring scrimmage, but there still were signs that Josh Murray will be able to help UND as the Sioux enter their third Division I FCS season in September. But those signs are just that -- signs. The UND running back from Pepin, Wis., missed all of last season due to academic reasons after rushing for a team-high 1,146 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2008.
In high school, Blair Townsend threw the football. At UND, he's expected to catch it. On Saturday, Townsend -- a redshirt freshman receiver -- showed early signs that he may be catching a lot of passes for UND during the next four seasons. Townsend, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound wide receiver from Coon Rapids, Minn., made a couple of defining catches during UND's first scrimmage of spring ball at Memorial Stadium. UND's depth at receiver will be a concern heading into the 2010 season.
For UND athletic officials, coaches and athletes, it was a day to vent, reminisce and look toward the future knowing their athletic programs no longer be called the Fighting Sioux after the 2010-11 season. A Friday morning press conference revealed the hurt and disappointment felt by Fighting Sioux coaches and student-athletes after the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education a day earlier decided to retire the school's controversial nickname and logo. But the coaches of the four major programs at UND -- men's hockey, men's basketball, football and women's basketball -- all agreed that
When UND moved to Division I two years ago, finding an established home for its athletic programs was the top priority. But the school's controversial nickname and logo largely hindered that search, leaving all of its programs in limbo. Thursday's decision by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to retire the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, however, could clear the path for UND's admission into the Summit League -- the one conference that makes the most geographical and academic sense for the school's athletic programs. The Summit League has steadfastly maintained that it won'