Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO — The 2019 LPGA season kicks off this week in Florida. One of the tour’s top players, however, was still in Fargo on Monday, Jan. 14, getting ready to grind her game into shape. It’s been an interesting winter break for Amy Olson, the North Dakota State graduate and Oxbow, N.D., native who is now a Fargo resident again. The naming of her husband, Grant Olson, as an assistant football coach at North Dakota State last week means both are back on familiar ground.
FARGO — Fifteen games. Fifteen victories. It doesn’t get much more in the way of perfection for the North Dakota State football team. The Bison completed their dream season last weekend with a 38-24 win over Eastern Washington in the Division I FCS national championship game.
FRISCO, Texas – At some point on Sunday, Jan. 6, the day after North Dakota State completed its seventh NCAA Division I FCS national title, Chris Klieman became the full-time head coach at Kansas State and Matt Entz likewise at NDSU. The Bison players may have leeway with their so-called 24-hour rule – one day to either celebrate a win or get over a loss -- but it’s on to next year for the coaches.
FRISCO, Texas -- It was perhaps the greatest drive in North Dakota State’s Division I FCS national championship history that didn't result in any points. Nonetheless, holding the ball for more than 10 minutes of the fourth quarter was a major reason the Bison on Saturday, Jan. 5, won their seventh title in eight years. The final over Eastern Washington was 38-24. The long march that started on their own 6-yard line with 13 minutes, 31 seconds remaining in the game didn’t figure in the scoring, but it did figure in the outcome.
FRISCO, Texas -- The rain stopped, finally, and the green natural grass of Toyota Stadium was finally visible to the North Dakota State football players on Friday afternoon, Jan. 4. It’s showtime. The NCAA Division I FCS national title game against Eastern Washington on Saturday will also be NDSU’s first game on grass this season. It’s a question head coach Chris Klieman gets every time the Bison play here. Will that be a factor?
FRISCO, Texas – Easton Stick got a phone call on Friday morning, Jan. 4, from a familiar number. There’s nothing like having one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL as one of your best friends. Carson Wentz, although injured, was getting ready with his Philadelphia Eagles for a playoff game at the Chicago Bears. Stick, a senior, was in his final day of practice as a member of the North Dakota State football team. The Bison play Eastern Washington Saturday in the Division I FCS national title game.
FRISCO, Texas — North Dakota State defensive end Greg Menard will need a monster game Saturday, Jan. 5, against Eastern Washington to become the program’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks. That’s probably down the list on things on his mind lately. For starters, he’s just happy to be playing in a Division I FCS national title game. The senior missed last season with a torn ACL and spent the week in Frisco, Texas, more or less hanging around the guys.
FRISCO, Texas -- The teenage kid rode the North Dakota State team plane to the University of Montana like any other Bison football player for the 2015 season opener. Robbie Grimsley made the travel squad as a true freshman, but wasn’t expecting to play. Defensive backfield coach Joe Klanderman, also, wasn’t expecting to use a rookie safety against Grizzlies quarterback Brady Gustafson, a 6-foot-6 slinger who was operating Montana’s high-tempo aerial attack.
FRISCO, Texas -- The last offensive play of James Madison’s 2017 season ended when Dukes quarterback Bryan Schorr, while scrambling and trying to buy time to throw the ball into the end zone, had to unleash a desperation toss that fell harmlessly incomplete. North Dakota State linebacker Jabril Cox blew up another play. It’s been the trademark for Cox, who will once again be counted on to be a major part of NDSU’s defensive game plan Saturday when NDSU takes on high-powered Eastern Washington in the Football Championship Subdivision title game at Toyota Stadium.
FRISCO, Texas - It didn’t take long for the entire North Dakota State offense to realize new offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham meant business with turnovers. One of the Bison backs fumbled the football at one of the first workouts in spring football of 2017, and that meant it was time to run. Every offensive player had to run.