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NDSU rescinds restrictions on media access to Bison athletics, apologizes

FARGO -- North Dakota State University athletics' controversial rules that would have limited access for media outlets that didn't have a deal with the university will be rescinded, the university said Tuesday Aug. 2.

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Forum Communications Bison media blog members Eric Peterson, Dom Izzo and Jeff Kolpack have a laugh as former NDSU quarterback Brock Jensen makes a surprise appearance on their pregame show in the Fargodome on Dec.19, 2014. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO - North Dakota State University athletics' controversial rules that would have limited access for media outlets that didn't have a deal with the university will be rescinded, the university said Tuesday Aug. 2.

President Dean Bresciani directed the athletics department to ditch the guidelines it issued Friday, July 29. He wasn't informed in advance of the guidelines, the university said.

"I was profoundly disappointed when I learned the facts about this issue," Bresciani said in a news release. "This is not the way NDSU treats local journalists and our many loyal fans who value the breadth of news coverage NDSU enjoys. As the state's land grant university, our commitment is to access and inclusion in all endeavors."

Athletic Director Matt Larsen also apologized in the release: "I erred in not bringing these ideas forward for the president's review, and I regret the damage this has caused to the administration, institution and university community."

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