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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At the least, it makes for some interesting discussion. If NDSU football had a Ring of Honor or something like it at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, who would get their jerseys hanging from the rafters? Or hanging on the west wall above the top row of seats? I threw the line out there in the last MediaZone post and a couple of readers weren’t too thrilled about it. NDSU would most likely never do it because it’s always preaching the name on the front is more important than the name on the back. I get that and it certainly has merit.
FARGO—The home court doesn't mean much in the North Dakota State and University of North Dakota men's basketball series these days. For the fifth straight game, the visiting team left the arena in a celebratory mood. And so continued NDSU's up-and-down men's basketball season.
FRISCO, Texas — You see these stories around the time of the North Dakota Class B boys basketball tournament, where small towns literally shut down because everybody is at the state's biggest high school sporting event. It's only early January, but if you drive through the communities of Drake, Anamoose and Balfour this weekend, you'll probably wonder where everybody is at. Wendy Volson can tell you. Everybody is in Frisco. "Don't go and rob us now, nobody is there," she joked.
FRISCO, TEXAS — Easton Stick has sandy blonde hair and Bryan Schor has a darker shade. When it comes to the two starting quarterbacks in Saturday's Division I FCS national championship, that's one of the few differences you'll find between the two quarterbacks. They both stand 6-foot-2-inches tall with steady, strong right arms. Their names have the same number of syllables. Both are the unquestioned offensive leaders that have Stick's North Dakota State team facing Schor's James Madison team at 11 a.m. at Toyota Stadium.
FARGO — Tim Polasek was known to blurt out whatever came to his mind when he was the North Dakota State offensive coordinator, like the day when he was in a meeting with the Bison fullbacks and tight ends. A nickname for the position group just came to him. Crew Chiefs. The thought could be traced to his playing days at Concordia University (Wis.), but the message fit the tough, old school-style of the Bison offense.
FARGO — The statistical sheet of the Sam Houston State offense has so many numbers on it you practically need your accountant to sort it all out. Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, for instance, has completed 81 more passes than North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick has attempted. It's a high-flying, up-tempo attack that has done an assault on the school and FCS record books the last couple of seasons. The Bison will see the reality of it Friday, Dec. 15, in the FCS semifinal clash at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The vehicle so-to-speak that carries the FCS title-winning team to the south stage of Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, for the post-game awards ceremony has for the most part been a two-wheeled apparatus. Translation: Two programs in the last six years have been crowned champions. Sam Houston State head coach K.C. Keeler feels like his Bearkats are on the verge of getting a new car. "We feel like we're the third wheel," he said.
FARGO — About the only thing missing from the relaxed look of Grant Morgan outside the North Dakota State football locker room earlier this week was him whistling some sort of soft gospel tune. The maturity was impressive. It's not as if the senior defensive tackle has nothing going on these days. Of course, everybody knows about the FCS semifinal clash with Sam Houston State (Texas) on Friday, Dec. 15, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO—With final exams in the rear-view mirror, Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe got nine holes of golf in on Tuesday. He doesn't miss many open targets in that sport, either. Briscoe shot 4-over par at Raven Nest Golf Club, which is the home course for the Sam Houston golf program in Huntsville, Texas. On Friday night, however, the athletic venue where Briscoe will be playing couldn't be more opposite than the serenity of a golf course.
FARGO—Quarterback Easton Stick is 32-3 as the starter at North Dakota State. He has an even better record in the classroom. Before the Bison junior gets ready to take on Sam Houston State in Friday night's Division I FCS semifinal playoff game at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, he'll be walking through graduation ceremonies. Stick, a junior eligibility-wise, completed his undergraduate course work in 3½ years and is already enrolled in the NDSU MBA program next semester. He carries a 3.91 grade-point average in sport management with not many Bs along the way.