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FARGO — North Dakota State has named defensive coordinator Matt Entz as the team's next head coach, the school announced Thursday, Dec. 13. Entz will be the 31st head coach in Bison history, taking over for Chris Klieman after this season. Klieman took the head football job at Kansas State. Klieman is to remain at NDSU through the Division I FCS playoffs. Entz will be formally introduced as the next head coach Monday. The Bison play rival South Dakota State at 7 p.m. Friday in the FCS semifinals at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The job had taken Carl Williams all over the United States and the world, to the point where the list of destinations reached 90 countries and 49 states. The only state left? North Dakota, of course. All the more ironic that is his son, Blake, a senior defensive tackle for North Dakota State, ended up in North Dakota. That's why Carl and his wife, Alisa, decided to move to Fargo for Blake’s senior season. All three wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. “This year has been extra special,” Carl said.
FARGO -- It’s going to be a busy week for the North Dakota State athletic director. Matt Larsen said Tuesday, Dec. 11, he’s diving right into the resumes to find the next head football coach. He anticipates meeting with candidates before the week is over. The vacancy became official on Monday afternoon when Kansas State hired Bison head coach Chris Klieman to be its head football coach.
FARGO -- Now that Chris Klieman is headed to Kansas State, what’s next for North Dakota State? University President Dean Bresciani said he would like the process to have a brisk pace to it. “I think because of a lot of factors,” Bresciani said. “Sooner is much better than later. We’ll even see if that’s an option.” If later is not an option, that would indicate that one of the current Bison assistant coaches would be in line for a promotion. The likely candidates are offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and defensive coordinator Matt Entz.
FARGO — One of the most impressive coaching runs in NCAA college football history is coming to a close this season. Chris Klieman has accepted the head coaching job at Kansas State, the school announced on its football Twitter account. Klieman will coach the team through the playoffs, according to a NDSU release. Bruce Feldman, a college football reporter for FOX Sports, reported the move earlier Monday night. He tweeted out:
FARGO — Colgate came to the Division I FCS quarterfinal party late Saturday morning with five shutouts this season. An impressive feat, to say the least. Make it six now. It wasn’t the goose egg the visitors from Hamilton, N.Y., were looking for, however. It was their offense that didn’t score in the quarterfinals at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The football coaching link between Fargo and Manhattan, Kan., got a little tighter Friday. Multiple reports have North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman as a prime candidate to become the head coach at Kansas State. It was first reported by FootballScoop.com , a coaching carousel website that has been around for years. Citing unnamed sources, it said the Wildcats are “zeroing in” on Klieman to replace legendary head coach Bill Snyder, who retired last weekend.
FARGO -- The Patriot League in 2013 decided to join the real world of NCAA Division I FCS football and voted to allow athletic scholarships. This would be akin to arming the 13 colonies with rifles in 1775, rather than swords, in their fight with Britain for independence. Forgive me if I’m a bit sentimental this week with Colgate coming to town for Saturday’s FCS quarterfinals. When North Dakota State hosts a private institution that was founded in the early 1800s in the FCS quarterfinals Saturday, Dec. 8, I just can’t help but think of American history.
FARGO — It appears the two smallest crowds for North Dakota State football games this season will be the first two Division I FCS playoff games. About 2,000 tickets were still available as of Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, for Saturday morning’s quarterfinal clash with Colgate at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The response from NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen was twofold.
FARGO -- Nobody has to remind Cole Karcz about the benefits of having two serviceable shoulders in playing Division I FCS football. The North Dakota State junior defensive tackle is having a more enjoyable season after last year’s debacle. He’ll be needed even more on Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Bison host Colgate in the FCS quarterfinals at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Karcz will get his first start of the season in place of Blake Williams, who ironically is out with an injured shoulder of his own.