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UND FOOTBALL: UND application deadline closes, but the position remains open until filled

UND's search for its next football coach intensifies beginning today now that the application deadline has closed. The application deadline for the position was Tuesday. At the end of the day, UND had received 72 applications -- including one wit...

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UND's search for its next football coach intensifies beginning today now that the application deadline has closed.

The application deadline for the position was Tuesday. At the end of the day, UND had received 72 applications -- including one with close ties to North Dakota football.

Bubba Schweigert -- a former UND associate head coach and defensive coordinator -- submitted his application late Monday. He now is the associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois.

Schweigert spent 15 years on the UND staff, helping North Dakota to six conference titles, eight playoff appearances and the 2001 Division II national championship. He left UND to take over the head job at Minnesota-Duluth, where he coached for four seasons.

He left Duluth to join Dale Lennon's staff at Southern Illinois in 2008. Lennon was UND's head coach for nine seasons before leaving for Southern Illinois.

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The application pool for UND's next coach is across the board, featuring head coaches at the Division II, III and NAIA levels, FCS assistants, FBS assistants, former assistant coaches at all levels and former pro coaches.

However, UND may not opt to hire any of the 72 applicants. The position will remain open until filled. Coaches that applied by Tuesday, however, likely will have preference in the hiring process.

Because of North Dakota's vast open-record laws, a number of coaches rumored to be interested in the position have yet to apply -- if indeed they will.

Some coaches simply don't want their names officially linked to the application process if they're employed at other schools.

Another factor in UND's coaching search surfaced over the weekend when NDSU coach Craig Bohl took the Wyoming job.

With NDSU now looking for a coach, there is speculation that potential candidates that have not yet applied may be weighing options regarding the two openings.

Regardless, UND will now move forward in the hiring process.

All candidates will be scored to see how they meet UND's requirements. From there, it's expected three to five coaches will receive on-campus interviews.

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UND athletic director Brian Faison has not placed a timetable on when he expects to make the hire, saying only the school wants to bring in a coach as soon as possible since national signing day is roughly two months away.

Realistically, the earliest UND will announce a hire is still roughly 10 days away.

There were three other candidates of note who applied Tuesday. They were Army associate coach Ian Shields; former South Dakota coach Ed Meierkort, who coached high school football in Florida after his contract was not renewed by South Dakota; and Central Michigan offensive coordinator Michael Cummings.

Here is the full list of applicants for the UND football job, as of Tuesday:

• Bubba Schweigert, associate head coach, defensive coordinator, Southern Illinois

• Ed Meierkort, former South Dakota coach, high school coach, Florida

• Ian Shields, offensive coordinator, Army

• Michael Cummings, offensive coordinator, Central Michigan

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• Bryant Soland, no information

• Bart Andrus, former Toronto Argonauts head coach

• Jason Kremer, former Minn.-Crookston assistant

• Norman Joseph, former head coach Mississippi College

• Chris Mills, former New Mexico defensive coordinator

• Christopher Stein, Chadron State offensive coordinator

• Saga Tuitele, Cal Poly offensive coordinator

• Darrius Smith, Villanova assistant coach

• Todd Hoffner, former Minnesota State-Mankato head coach

• Joe Hagins, Hamilton TigerCats safeties/defensive assistant

• Howard Feggins, Norfolk State assistant coach

• Sean Embree, coach, Serbian national football team

• Stephen Axman, coach, Vukovi Wolves

• Tony Coaxum, assistant coach, Army

• Lenny Doerfler, football camp director, Anchorage, Alaska

• Zach Shay, assistant coach, Northern Colorado

• Luis Rodriguez, graduate assistant coach, Boise State

• Mike Bath, former interim head coach, Miami of Ohio.

• Bruce Barnum, offensive coordinator, Portland State.

• Bill Bleil, assistant head coach, Iowa State

• Christopher McComas, systems integration specialist, Marshall University.

• Kevin Magouirk, former offensive coordinator, South Carolina State.

• Clyde Gregory, assistant high school coach, Lubbock, Texas

• John Klacik, former assistant coach, Miami of Ohio.

• Glen Young, defensive coordinator, Brockport (N.Y.) State College.

• David Keeney, former assistant coach, Millersville, Pa.

• Vince Okruch, former assistant coach Akron.

• Anthoney Hill, assistant coach with Colorado Ice indoor football team.

• Robin Pflugrad, offensive coordinator, Weber State, former Montana coach.

• Michael Markusson, former assistant coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

• Andrew Jordan, former assistant coach at Earlham (Ind.) College.

• Lawrence Cole, head coach at Wilcox Central High School, Camden, Ala.

• Bob Connelly, former assistant at Arizona State; former associate head coach UTEP; former assistant at UCLA.

• Brian Bottenfield, Client Liaison, Aetna, Plymouth, Minn.

• Lacy McBeath, teacher/coach, Neshoba County School District, Philadelphia, Miss.

• Maurice Drayton, former assistant at Southern Mississippi.

• Jake Moreland, assistant coach, Air Force.

• Robert Keys, head coach, University of Findlay, Ohio.

• Stephen Settle, football coach, Tombstone School District, Huachuca City, Ariz.

• Reginald Trotter, defensive coordinator, Missouri Western.

• Nicholas Calcutta, assistant head football coach, Delaware State.

• Kenneth Knapczyk, head coach East Ridge High School, Clermont, Fla.

• Efrain Martinez, head coach, Los Angeles Community College.

• Louis Esposito, defensive coordinator, Ferris State.

• Dale Carlson, former head coach at Valparaiso, which lost to UND this season.

• Larry Willis, South Carolina Sports Radio Network analyst.

• Robin Ross, Wyoming special teams coordinator/linebackers coach; former head coach at Western Washington.

• David Taynor, head coach at Urbana (Ohio) University.

• Nick Garrett, passing game coordinator/QBs at Western New Mexico University.

• Marcus Patton, defensive coordinator at Fairmont State University, W.Va.

• Alex Pateras, assistant coach at Ventura High School, Calif.

• Camm Richmond, last position, teacher at Mechanicsburg High School, Pa.

• Steven Smith, offensive coordinator at Albany (Ga.) State University.

• Seth Wallace, defensive coordinator at Valdosta State, Ga.

• Nicholas Siciliano, last position, offensive assistant coach with Cincinnati Bengals.

• Jamie Marshall, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Montana State of the Big Sky Conference.

• Robert Ianello, wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at University of Kansas of the Big 12. He was also the interim head coach at Notre Dame in 2009.

• Eric Young, head coach at New Mexico Highlands University.

• Robert Lancaster, former defensive coordinator at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

• Ryan Held, head coach at Highland Community College, Kansas.

• Lane Powell, assistant coach at Alcorn State University, Miss.

• Jovan Dewitt, defensive coordinator, Florida Atlantic, Division I FBS program.

• Douglas Madoski, head coach Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College.

• Daren Wilkinson, offensive coordinator, Colorado State-Pueblo.

• Charles Coe, offensive coordinator, Missouri Baptist.

• Michael Kelly, former head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

• Damian Mincey, former assistant coach at Massachusetts

• Mario Felix, running backs coach at Mid-America Nazarene.

Nelson reports on sports. Call him at (701) 780-1268, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1268 or send e-mail to wnelson@gfherald.com .

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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