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FARGO -- That was a week, wasn't it? North Dakota State's football program lost its coach, hired a new one, saw 18 seniors walk through graduation and then won a football game against its archrival. Call it the perfect ending to a frenzied week for the Bison and head coach Chris Klieman. Yeah, there was finally game. Really. It didn't seem like it would ever get here.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- It might seem odd to the rest of the college football world, but Chris Klieman has lived this before. The North Dakota State coach is helping prep a team for the Division I FCS playoffs while getting started in his new job as the coach at Kansas State. Even as Klieman was introduced to the Kansas State fans and media Wednesday, Dec. 12, at a press conference at the football complex attached to Bill Snyder Family Stadium, his Bison staff and team were in Fargo preparing for a semifinal matchup Friday against rival South Dakota State at the Fargodome.
FARGO — There's nothing to see, folks. Move along. At least that's the message North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman tried to convey when I asked him Monday, Dec. 3, at his weekly press conference whether he'd talked with his old boss, Gene Taylor, who is now the athletic director at Kansas State. "I have not had any contact with Gene," Klieman said.
FARGO -- The headlines came about a week apart and should be alarming to North Dakotans, if they cared about the influence of oil companies on their state. They obviously don't, judging by election results for the past decade. North Dakota is Hammistan, named after the de facto governor who resides in Oklahoma. But, I've been told by dreamy-eyed progressives in North Dakota that it's never about the results and it's always about the fight, so I'll continue to be a voice in the wilderness.
FARGO - For what it's worth, and it might not be much, Bill Snyder's future as the Kansas State football coach will be decided this week. It's a story North Dakota State followers should at least keep one eye on because Bison head coach Chris Klieman's name will likely surface as a candidate.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Zimmer is getting all soft with his kickers, it appears. Sort of. He's all into forgiveness and second chances. Sort of. Earlier this season Zimmer was into punishment and revenge. Totally.
FARGO -- Now that Heidi Heitkamp is vanquished, her secret plan in conjunction with Nancy Pelosi to have MS-13 gang members invade the state to set up the Environmental Protection Agency's world headquarters in Bismarck having been laid bare, you have to wonder what North Dakota Republicans are going to do with their time. You can almost see Republicans sullenly swirling a glass of Johnnie Walker Blue at Harold Hamm's Oklahoma ranch, grousing about the new reality of life without Heidi.
FARGO — Until a few months ago, one of Bridget Kessler's biggest health concerns was the possibility of getting run over by a college football player at the Fargodome. Kessler has long been part of the North Dakota State radio broadcast team, holding the parabolic microphone on the sidelines to pick up natural sounds of Bison games. When you hear pads crunching or players celebrating during a radio broadcast, that's Kessler's salad-bowl-shaped mic picking up those sounds.
FARGO -- Eastern Washington head coach Aaron Best chuckled when asked if his football program has returned to the higher echelons of NCAA Division I FCS. "I'm not sure we ever left," Best said. "We got left on the front porch and nobody opened the door to let us in."
FARGO — It appears there will be a mess in Manhattan, Kan., home of Kansas State University and its fine football program. Bill Snyder is the 79-year-old coach of the Wildcats who some say has overstayed his time on the sidelines. Kansas State has fallen into mediocrity the last several seasons and there are those who want Snyder to ride off quietly into an ambassador's role.