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  1. 59 points
    As the proud father of Joe Mollberg I would like to take a few minutes to share some observations. Thank you to those of you who have posted positive comments about Joe over the years on this site, or have stopped at games to ask about Joe’s health and well-being. First, I want to congratulate Coach Schweigart and the entire UND FIghting Hawks staff on a tremendous season and an undefeated Big Sky Conference Championship. Bubba has the team going in the right direction and the future looks bright for the Fighting Hawks. Joe has great respect for Bubba and his staff and is appreciative of the support offered him at UND from all coaches, including former head coach Chris Mussman. It is easy on sites such as this to be critical of coaches and the decisions they make, but being a former coach myself, I am confident that almost all coaches have their priorities straight and really do care for their players at the deepest levels. To prove this to you, less than an hour after the championship clinching game against NAU was over Joe received a call of congratulations from former Coach Mussman. That is a class act on Coach Mussman’s part. I would also like to commend one current coach in particular that impacted Joe in his time at UND. Joe told me repeatedly how much respect he has for tight end Coach Shawn Kostich and the enthusiasm Kostich brings to each and every practice and game. Coach Kostich took Joe under his wing when he made the voluntary transition to tight end and did a great job making Joe feel as if he were a valued part of that close-knit group that was referred to as the “Big-Cats.” UND is lucky to have Kostich on staff. Shawn is a young and upcoming coach who will go far in his career Joe Mollberg is a good athlete, but he is even a better person. Coming out of high school Joe had other options of schools to attend and as a parent, looking in the rear-view mirror, it it is easy to second guess, but Joe has never once regretted his decision to attend UND. Joe never once questioned his choice, because he is fully committed that he made the right choice, for the right reasons. Joe has made great friends that will be part of his life forever, and though the road was difficult, Joe left UND as a champion of the Big Sky Conference. But perhaps the most important fact (that is rarely talked about with college football players) is that Joe has received a tremendous education at the University of North Dakota. What more could he possibly ask for? Joe paraphrased his favorite role model Tim Tebow when he shared what Tebow said in an interview when asked about success and failure. Tebow said; “The ultimate goal is not to succeed or fail, the ultimate goal is to give everything you have for something in your heart. If you get to live out your dream every day, then the result does not matter. To be able to look back 20-30 years from now and say.’I gave everything I could, that is pretty awesome.’” That was the exact attitude that Joe brought to UND football every day over the last five years. How could a father not be proud of that attitude? I learned a tremendous amount by watching Joe and how he faced the adversities thrown his way the last few years. Joe taught me more the last few years than I taught him. Joe wants to be a special education teacher, working with special needs kids, and a high school coach. As a former coach and current teacher I truly believe Joe will be tremendously successful at whatever he chooses to do. The University of North Dakota School of Education and the University of North Dakota football program have both helped prepare Joe for the challenges ahead of him l and I am grateful for that. Many of you may not be aware of this, but in high school Joe was diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that can cause the the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched-forward posture. A.S. is a painful disease that there is no known cure for. I remember well taking Joe to Mayo in Rochester in high school and his doctor telling us, “If Joe makes it through a career as a college football player with A.S. they will probably be writing medical journals about him.” Though there is no medical confirmation of this, I am confident that the ruptured achilles Joe suffered in his sophomore season was the result of A.S.. There is medical evidence to support this claim. Again, we are proud of Joe for battling through this adversity. After Joe’s ruptured achilles injury he had a number of choices he could have made. He could have quit the team and walked away. No one would have questioned this decision. He could have transferred to another school and tried to reclaim the quarterback position he loved playing. He could have returned to the team and been a negative influence on his teammates. Instead he chose a difficult and uphill path. He chose to support his school, support his coaches, and most importantly support his teammates. We have a great many photos of Joe playing football at UND, but probably my favorite of all time is this one. This was one of his final games at UND. Joe had called me days before to proudly tell me to “be sure to get to the next game early” as he was going to be carrying the UND school flag out onto the field. Joe was as proud at that moment as any other in his time at the University of North Dakota. Thank you for your support of Joe Mollberg, his teammates, and all student-athletes in their time at the University of North Dakota. Go SiouxHawks! Kent Mollberg
  2. 38 points
    Duluth fans shouldn't have a problem finding a place to park. Just hit the parking lot attendant from behind ....and park wherever you want.
  3. 35 points
    Hello all, this is Jennifer, Elijah's mom. First of all, thank you to those who support my son going back to UND, I truly appreciate your positive thoughts and I will include you in my prayers. "Geaux Sioux" prbly said it best by asking if it was everybody's business? Unless you were trying to fulfill your 100% scholarship, earned your starting position as a true freshman at this level and had a newborn baby to support and you never wavered, then by all means, question my son's "motives" question his integrity, question his character. He's a kid, who is now a father. You don't know the half of it, he came home and completed classes at our local tribal community college and maintained a full time job to help his baby Kinsley. He knows now that in order to fully support her the rest of his life, he needs an education. He comes from educated people, I have a bachelors and masters from Minot State and have taught for 20 years. He knows the value of an education. Instead of assuming, message me and I'll let you know. Just the way some of you assume he has lived his whole life on this reservation, really?? He went to grade school in Minneapolis and attended the Mandan Public Schools where he did very well, thank you.
  4. 27 points
    I'd like to express my gratitude to this team, including the coaches, for giving such pleasure as fans this year. It is a special bunch, and whether they win No. 8 or not, they have delivered on the ice all year long and have shown the kind of character we fans hope to see from UND athletes. It's a long season. These guys deal with school, the uncertainties that come with being young and, in my case at least, stupid about many things in life. Regardless of their level of skill, they each have their own expectations that are either not met or must take a back seat at times. They have never embarrassed us or made us feel anything but pride about the team and the school. So hats off to you.
  5. 27 points
    I agree with a lot of people on here regarding the teams motivation and mentality going into this regional and their first game against Northeastern. Listening to the seniors in that Through These Doors and remembering the TTD episodes at the end of seasons gone by, it reminds me that the players go out there in the NCAA tournament knowing full well what North Dakota Fighting Sioux Hockey means to that program, this school, this town, even this state. More importantly, however, they know what it means for their fellow teammates. Seniors go out and fight hard for their fellow seniors, and their juniors, sophomores and freshman. The same holds true regardless of what year you are. I remember watching players in tears when their season ended in the tournament, because they wanted to win it all for their school, their coaches, their town and most importantly their teammates. We see the smiles on their faces when they pose for the photo with the Penrose Cup, or win their regional and get to attend the Frozen Four....imagine the agony on their faces when they lose their chance at the National Championship trophy. No one should have any doubt regarding this teams motivation, passion, or mentality going into this tournament. If they run into a team who happens to skate faster, pass better, and shoot more accurately on that given night then so be it. No one can blame our players for "not wanting to be the team that hangs this school's EIGHTH banner," because we all know they desperately want that. Sometimes a puck takes an unexpected bounce. Sometimes the referees make a weird call. At the end of the day, those guys go out on the ice to represent the University of North Dakota, to represent Grand Forks, to represent their families, and most importantly to represent each other. I'm excited to watch them play against (Hopefully win against) a great team like Northeastern. Lets. Go. Sioux.
  6. 27 points
    Shep....none whatsoever. Truly enjoyed watching the squad on TV and online the entire season. I am a UND fan for life now. Regardless of how it worked out for my son. He was afforded a chance to receive a quality education and play some ball on the universities dime. That in itself is worth its weight in gold. I will be eternally grateful to Coach Bubba, Rudolph and Knauf for giving him a chance to play at the next level. For whatever reason? It did not work out. No harm. No foul. My son knew what was expected of him in the classroom and on the gridiron. I know he has done well in regards to his education. Apparently it just did not work out on the field. He was well aware of the implications of not competing at the expected high level of the coaching staff. I will look forward to watching the progress of this team in the coming years. IMO? They got railroaded by the playoff selection committee. I see/expect good things in the future for this team and look forward to watching some of the players and staff that Kevin has spoken so highly of. GO HAWKS!!!!!
  7. 25 points
    Congratulations on a terrific game. The better team showed up and won! Good luck the rest of the way. There's no reason why you can't win it all. Thanks for your hospitality.
  8. 24 points
    The NCAA has shown again that it will STEAMROLL anyone who opposes its agenda. If you have any doubt how serious they were about scrubbing "Fighting Sioux" from the history books, you only need to look at the boycott of North Carolina that essentially put Duke on the road against the University of SOUTH Carolina in the men's NCAA tournament. If the NCAA was willing to mess with one of the cash cows of March Madness just to "prove" their opinion, rest assured, they would have spent millions to get rid of "Fighting Sioux." I, too, smiled at the "Sioux Forever" chant immediately after the Frozen Four. Then when I heard it in-person at Target Center a month or so ago, I cringed. It's time to move on. It was quite an experience watching the men's basketball team in March Madness - think about that, OUR men's basketball team playing in March Madness. Unthinkable back in 1988-1992 when I was at UND. The jerseys looked great and so did the wordmark on them - as well as the logo on the TV scoreboard. The university is still wearing green, white, and black, and I am looking forward to seeing the new wordmark and logo on the hockey jerseys next season. Hawks on the jerseys, Sioux in my heart, but still MY University of North Dakota.
  9. 24 points
    I'm afraid not. That only works at Duluth where hockey and diving are one in the same.
  10. 24 points
    All of Izzo, McFeely, Kolpack, and Peterson thinks UND will get a seed. Kolpack critical of UND's schedule. McFeeley thinks UND is one of 5-6 teams that could make it to Frisco. Kolpack critical of UND's schedule. Izzo thinks UND and Wichita are headed to MVFC. Kolpack critical of UND's schedule. McFeeley was gushing about UND's defense. Kolpack critical of UND's schedule.
  11. 24 points
    Classy reaction from Michigan's Alex Kile:
  12. 23 points
    You guys wanted it? You got it In a game that can be best described as Never Say Die, UND stormed back from deficits again and again to force OT. UND finally gained the upper hand in the OT session to bring the school a Big Sky Tournament Championship to go along with its Regular Season Title. More importantly, it punched their ticket to the Big Dance for the 1st time in school history. Their reward was a 15 seed in the West Regional and a matchup with perennial PAC-12 and National power Arizona. Before diving into the meat of the preview: I tip my hat to the coaches and players of this team for their season so far. They have accomplished a lot this season and while some of it was a bit rough at times, they did put it all together at the end when the chips were down. From the head coach on down, congratulations on a fantastic season. Of course, they aren't happy just being in SLC, they want to be the 9th team in NCAA Tournament history to knock off a 2 seed. Arizona is coached by Sean Miller, who's brother Archie Miller is the coach over at Dayton. Its another banner year for Wildcat Basketball, capturing their 4th Regular Season title under Miller, which they tied Oregon for, and took the Tournament crown as well. Since taking over in the 2009-10 season for the retiring Hall of Fame coach and Mayville-born Lute Olson, every time that they have won a share or the outright regular season title, it has translated to an Elite 8 appearance. Despite the success, two things currently hound this Arizona program. #1 They want to get the bad taste of being upset last year out of their mouths and make a run #2 Despite the Elite 8 appearances, the last time Zona made it all the way to the Final 4 was in 2000-01, where they made it all the way to the championship game before falling to a well coached and talented Duke team. Its been a long time and it is also the one thing that Miller hasn't done with Arizona yet. Could this be the breakthrough year? The Wildcats are deeply talented and are lead by the big Fin Lauri Markkanen. The comparisons to Frank the Tank of Wisconsin is very comparable, as he can hurt teams both inside and out. The 7 footer is shooting 43.2 percent from downtown, around 50% overall and shoots a good clip from the line. Potential Top 10 pick in this years NBA draft. The other big cog is Allonzo Trier, a 6'5 Sophomore guard. Out for the first half of the season due to PEDs (yeah, seriously). Trier has made up for lost time in a big way and has really torn it up in late February and into the Pac-12 tournament. Sneaky rebounder and he can shoot it very well. Geno, he is all yours. Zona also has another 7 foot big from Serbia in Dusan Ristic, who is more of your traditional post player. They can do just as much Around the Big Sky: -Weber, Idaho and EWU all made postseason tournaments. Weber and Idaho in the CIT and EWU in CBI -PSU announced that Gelving will not be returning next year How UND can do the unthinkable: 1) Win every 50/50 ball. When teams pull upsets, they do every little thing right. They dive for loose balls, save balls from going out, force jump balls. 2) Bring what got you to the dance Sometimes you just have to go with what got you here at this point. It might be tempting to try something funky, but sometimes you might have your greatest success with the normal game plan... with a tweak or two. Strong guard play got us here, strong guard play is going to be needed. 3) A senior guard who can shoot Hey Q, your time to shine. Small schools who pull upsets traditionally have that one guard that can fill it up and give their team a chance. 3) UND Bigs: play the best game of your life You have a potential top 10 NBA pick, find a way to slow him down. Carson Shanks... play the best you ever have. 4) Don't be afraid to throw the first punch and take their best punch without panicking Come out swinging, Mike Tyson once said everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Rock Arizona to start the game, get those jitters out of the way. On the reverse side of the coin, if they come out hot. Do not panic, take their best blows and come back. Let them know you are not going away Prediction: The key word today is Pressure: How much of it can UND force upon Arizona on the court and in their heads. Its house money for UND, so they can play as loose as a goose. Can they get to the final media timeout within legit striking distance. If they do, all bets are off. I think they do within the first half before the Finnish Frank the Tank becomes too much in the 2nd half. Hooker and company do provide one shining moment for the UND faithful. I hope I am wrong but I think Arizona wins by 12. Zona 84-72
  13. 23 points
    Richmond fan here. We expect a great game this Saturday. UND is favored for a reason- you are a class team playing in a very good league. Feel free to visit us at Spidernation.com.
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  15. 23 points
    Hello all, I'm Elijah mom. No, he won't be back to UND. Last spring he completed 14 credits at local community college & worked full time. As an educator myself (20 years teaching) Elijah knows value of an education & will get one. He attended elementary & middle school in Mandan ND & is a good student. Thank you to those who stated they enjoyed watching him play & to those who wished him well. He's only 19 & he will find his way. Thank you.
  16. 22 points
    Time to show our football fans what the hockey fans have been doing for years! We cannot keep all the fun to ourselves! *wink* Let's fill at least 2 buses to support BUBBA AND THE BOYS in Vermillion! September 16 is guaranteed to be a full day of fun. We'll leave from the N side of the Ralph at 7AM sharp... load at 6:30AM. We will head home after the game...and yes, stopping along the way there and back. $96 per person covers game ticket, bus, driver costs adult beverages and water. PLEASE SIGN UP BY AUG. 11 by commenting in the discussion area or call/text me: 701-388-9825 (Joanna!) Money due at time of sign up - checks won't be cashed until two weeks prior to the event. Let's do this! Email: pearsonshockeybus@gmail.com
  17. 22 points
    Remember when Montana fans were criticizing UND for it's soft schedule? Well Montana now has four conference losses, to Cal Poly, NAU, EWU, and now Northern Colorado. 3 of those teams UND beat.
  18. 22 points
    Haven't been here for quite some time (covers head). Love my Gopher hockey and Bison football...WTF is a guy like me doing here? Taking the high road and telling y'all congrats on a special season and especially the 'ship. Been awhile and there isn't a more deserving program. Will be great to see the 2 going at it next year at Mariucci. Maybe my team can find a way to make a 3rd meeting happen in March/April. Congrats again, enjoy, and have a great off-season!
  19. 22 points
    Ignorance personified.
  20. 21 points
    In my opinion, Tom Miller completely obliterated Brad yesterday in terms of being a reporter.
  21. 21 points
    Tom Miller's article was fantastic and he basically summed up my feelings. It's tough what happened to those three programs as peoples lives were affected. At the end of the day, this will be the turning point into what will make athletics at UND stronger than ever. The way it happened could have been handled better, but Kennedy stepped up like I never thought a University President at UND would. Taking emotion out of it, he made a decision that will benefit UND for years and years to come. Between him and Schafer they cut a bloated athletic department and got the number of sponsored sports down to a number that makes sense. We now sit at 17 (16 depending on Golf), are going to move to conferences that fit from a logistics standpoint, where UND will save another 1/2 million a year. We will finally be running a lean athletics department, where they can fund every team at a level that will be competitive. I couldn't be more excited for the future of UND athletics.
  22. 21 points
    Made it to practice today and was impressed with the way the team looked compared to past spring sessions. They certainly are strides ahead of where they were two years ago, and in spots, the team is sitting better than they were last year. There are still depth issues, which have been hashed to death on here, but, that said, depth is a huge asset in many areas that didn't have it before. For instance, it wasn't long ago that when we saw Santiago go down hard on the turf and get up slowly, we would collectively cringe with fear. Fast forward to today, and it's next man up x 4 at the RB position, alone. WR, DL, C and to some degree CB are other areas where we are plussed up more on depth. QB and other OL line spots, OLB and TE are sitting a bit better, too, whereas ILB and S still question marks. So my first reaction today was "Holy Cow! No. 1 is freaky fast!" No. 1 is none other than freshman WR Cameron McKinney. I had the same type of reaction to Santiago at fall camp two years ago.... but, I must say that McKinney's explosiveness, speed and shiftiness are even better than Santiago's was his freshman year. What's scary is that Santiago never had the advantage of a spring camp going into his first season like McKinney has now. And we all know how good Santiago has turned out. Suffice it to say that McKinney took reps on KR and PR today. I'm told that we shouldn't sleep on Izzy Adeoti (say that 10 times fast) or Mikey Greibel either at WR when they get here in the fall, especially Izzy. I also saw JJ at RB for the first time... #33 is an unusual hybrid of fullback power combined with halfback shiftiness and WR speed. Very excited to add his talents to the mix. S Juco transfer Tamas Stewart remains in a sling on the sideline for spring campus.. which is very unfortunate. The other new comer, QB Zimmerman, really has some zip and loft on his balls. He's got a lot of arm action before his release that sometimes causes his balls to sail on him. He's money within 20 yards, but a little iffier beyond. Still I thought he looked fine, as his mind must be swimming with new schemes and terminology. ILB Conner O'Brien sat out practice today for an undisclosed reason after suffering some bumps on on Friday. CB Tyus Carter is limited but practicing with the red "don't go near me" jersey. Former Lamar University CB and JUCO player Jo Jo Henderson is on campus and was at the practice today. As for the Offensive line... what jumped out at me was: Bryce Blair is still tall and leaner than the rest but he is soo damn good with his technique. His increase confidence was evident on the line, too. C Aplin reminds me of Boas in his second year at UND. If you recall Juco transfer Center Boas had his struggles his first year at UND only to come back the next year to dominate in the middle of the line. That is not to say that Aplin was not good last year. I just see Aplin taking a similar big step. That said, Rooney and Nguon will push hard for playing time, too, at center. Highlights from today included: Wanzek had many many amazing body contorting leaps and grabs along the sideline in tight coverage. He is so Lynn Swan-esque, for us old timers who remember the Steelers of the 70s/80s. Both Wanzek and Toivonen look to have thicker bodies this spring. Reyes was Reyes doing Reyes things. He went up and tipped a pass into his own hands for an INT. Dion Harris, too, did his thing by jumping a route for an almost pick six that jumped off his forearm. Bolinske had another nice ball today to Luke Stanley that went for 70 yards and a TD .... Stanley went up high against Canady and Hunt and brought it down before scampering with speed the rest of the way. Hope that helps whet the appetite! T
  23. 21 points
    Just did 60.(tickets) We got this!!
  24. 21 points
    Congrats on the great regular season. Now go makes some noise in the post season and do the Big Sky proud.
  25. 21 points
    For 5 years of college I never once sat during a game that was within 35 points...and that's how the entire student section was...when I watch NDSU games they stand the entire time the other team has the ball... As to your last paragraph...it's the perfect descriptor as to why the people of Grand Forks don't deserve to have nice things...7 freakin wins in a row...but Bubba's style of football is too "boring." I would kill to have a boring, first place in the Big Sky FCS football team in Minot where I live. That way I wouldn't have to drive across the dang state every weekend...which I do anyway because I appreciate the attitude and effort that Bubba's crew displays (and I love all things UND). The hockey team only scored two goals on the weekend...would the good people of Grand Forks find them to be "boring" too?!? If our defensive effort in the second half wasn't satisfying enough...well then I guess there is no hope for Grand Forks...
  26. 21 points
    The Sioux win a national title and some of our fans have nothing better to do than criticize a kid who played hurt??? Are you kidding me? You have no idea what his injury was. If Anas had a recurrent shoulder dislocation, he may have been running back into the locker room to have the dislocation reduced so he could come back and play. (That hurts like hell by the way). That is a more likely than he was whining or crying. Gutsy performance on his part. You guys who post dumb stuff like that embarrass knowledgeable fans who appreciate the effort put forth by other teams and players. That is one of the reasons some opposing fans hate us. When you act like jackasses, especially when we win it shows a real lack of class. I bet none of the Sioux players or coaches criticize him.
  27. 21 points
    Iowa wants a D1hockey program? Groan... now I suppose Minnesota will want one too.
  28. 21 points
    Everyone is talking about NE's 23 game run with only two losses. UND has just three in their last 23. #justsayin
  29. 21 points
    (The following was submitted to a Fargo radio station and BCC to me. Very poignant!) My fiancée died in a fire fight in Fallujah, Iraq. Remember the slogan: "Freedom on the March." Dennis sent home several photos of Iraq's with the ink on their finger indicating their pride in being able to vote. We fight wars and lose thousands of young men to guarantee that right to vote. Yet two measures will not be on the ballot due to the actions of some NDSU students. Yet Athletic Director Gene Taylor says: "It's not a big deal." What am I missing?
  30. 20 points
    There's a new store opening in downtown Grand Forks this summer. I hear they will also be selling T shirts.
  31. 20 points
    Oh, was the Bison football team out getting the pledges?
  32. 20 points
    They are going to start a twitter campaign. Bunch of hashtags. Followed by a Title IX misinformation campaign with no facts to back it up. At no time will you hear them mention dollar figures or budget.
  33. 20 points
    When all the tweets and facebook posts start coming in from players, alumni, politicians, famous people, etc., we need to keep in mind that everyone who disagrees with this decision is likely to make their opinion public. However, the people that agree with it, or at least understand it why it happened, have little or no motivation to publicly express their opinion (or be called callous, or even sexist). So what we see on social media today is not at all indicative of public opinion.
  34. 20 points
    Not slamming but please share how you would have handled it in this day of leaks and media needing to be the first to break news. There is no way this can be done "right".
  35. 20 points
    Which is interesting since they lost twice in the West Regional..............................................................
  36. 20 points
    Wear it, no worries. But might want to walk with at least 1 witness at all times in case you walk by a Duluth fan and they flop on the floor and claim you struck them-
  37. 20 points
    Wife just had a beautiful baby girl!!!! Great night!!!
  38. 20 points
    I've got 4 season tickets; will only be using 2 for December 3rd. I bought the other 2 anyway. I will give away the other 2 to someone who wouldn't otherwise go. Will give preference to someone bringing a kid. Message me by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. These tickets are in the front row of 215. We can bitch about attendance, or we can do something about it.
  39. 20 points
    I've spent too much time reading these forums, minding my own, and I'm finally giving my 2 cents: The AL better be Green balls to the Green walls on Saturday. This town, this University, this Team has spent far too long looking in from the outside. We are GD good this year, and definitely good enough to fill a 12K stadium! This town has waited a long, long time to be relevant again, and we are and will be for the foreseeable future. If the AL is not packed, shame on GF. Hoka Hey, Go Hawks!
  40. 20 points
    This is exactly what I hate about the internet. People can be rude and cruel and there is zero accountability because people can hide behind their screens. ANd I especially like that you are judging Hak's team after a few games, rather than his overall performance over the past season. Maybe he will be done in a year or two, but you have nothing to base that off of. Your just trolling trying to be a jerk. Take it somewhere else.
  41. 20 points
    There is a lot that this season will be remembered for....but what Coltyn Sanderson brought to this team is immeasurable.
  42. 20 points
    Haven't posted since the night of .6..... Thank you to all the players, coaches, and fans....... SIOUX FOREVER! God bless the fighting sioux!
  43. 20 points
    OK... here we go! Let me just start off with a hearty "Hallelujah!" for the HPC! The hair on the back of my neck still stands up when I walk into that beast of a building. 1. Bubba preached more urgency and crispness during drills. Tried to get the boys attention that this stuff if for real now and they can't just hear what the coaches are saying, they need to really listen and execute. 2. After practice huddle: Bubble told the team to go to the Betty this afternoon at 2 p.m. to support WBB against MSU. He said Mia Loyd is tough and her play is worth the price of admission alone. Coach Freund, quickly piped in "But don't skip class!!!" What Bubba didn't say was that there will be an NBA Hall of Famer in the building this afternoon, as former Jazz great John Stockton is an assistant with MSU. 3. This just in: Cole Reyes is one tough mutha F@##$%. He is out there practicing with the team in the same gear as the rest of the team with a big old cast on his left forearm. He doesn't sit out any drills and goes as hard as you'd expect. He is truly UND football tough int the traditional sense. 4. Clive was running wild today. Nobody could cover him(and that's not a knock on the secondary)and he was sucking in every ball like a vacuum. He hauled in one that would have been good for a TD from 60+ out, and he pulled in another tough grab that would have went for long yardage. He looked like he was having fun out there. 5. Heidelbaugh started out fine in drills but was a bit unsettled with his footwork once things went uptempo in skelly work, causing several balls to sail on him. Studs and Bartels looked fine. 6. If you can believe this --- Santiago looks to have even sharper cuts through the line and more burst once hes' in the open than last year. Stay tuned. If the line can gel, who knows how far he'll go. 7. I liked what I saw from Stetson Carr at WR... he's a bigger version of Seibel and was featured a lot today with intermediate over the middle pass plays. He hauled in all but one that was broken up by a good play by an ILB. If I remember correctly, he had a really good spring two years ago but eventually left the the team. Glad he's back! 8. A newbie that showed flashes today was DB Torrey Hunt, wearing #16. The kid had a really nice break on one pass play where he picked it off just before it hit the receivers hands and he took it for what would have been a sure 6 points. He looks very fast albeit a bit thin at this point. I was impressed with his showing given is lack of familiarity with the defensive schemes. That's it for today. I will try to get out there again tomorrow morning. Enjoy!
  44. 20 points
    This weekend und is playing for a potential playoff opportunity. As many people have mentioned, it's been 8 yrs since we've had this buzz in November. Win or lose on Saturday, the pride factor is back. Thank you Bubba for being our coach! Your passion for und and the football team are without a doubt. You've given us the long overdue excitement back in 2 short yrs, all the while reinstalling the style of football und was known for. Can't say enough on how fortunate we are to have you! Thank you coaching staff for accepting Bubbas offer to und. You've turned this football program back to being relevant! Not an easy task for what you guys were dealt. Thank you senior class for staying! Regardless of the many opportunities to exit, you didn't take the easy way out! You stayed through losing seasons, a new coaching staff, injuries, name change (or no name)... etc. This class will be known as the class that put und on the d1 national radar! Thank you juniors, sophomores and freshman. Thank you for you're patience and hard play! It doesn't go unnoticed. The future is bright with the talent we have returning for the coming yrs. Thank you to the 2015 football team for making this year fun, exciting, interesting, and keeping my optimistic radar high. Bubba could do special things here and he's fully invested to do so. Let's make the playoffs !!
  45. 19 points
    Or that football has an endowment approaching 2 million... Or that it is the biggest alumni base (over 900 living alumni) with the most annual giving... Or that the program has a National Alumni Committee of 20+ former players to help aid the program in all areas... Or that UND Football alums have been paying for Impact Scholarships since the transition... Or that the program is currently on the rise after winning the BSC and playing in the 2nd round of the FCS Playoffs... Or that the team attracts 10,000 UND fans for gameday... Or that revenues are on the rise... Or that the program has a 123 year tradition and history of success... Or that silly Title IX thing where it would make it impossible to cut 63 scholarships from the mens side... Other than that and many other things I haven't mentioned, both sports are pretty comparable.
  46. 19 points
    Interesting to ser if the whole state rallys around The Flagship after all "It is good for the entire state"
  47. 19 points
    most people don't count the 2 numbers after the period.
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  49. 19 points
    To begin the season every fan had a ton of questions. It seemed we had nothing at RB. We all saw the potential of having a dominant defense. We hoped the WR would be improved from the previous year. We felt the coaches had added a ton of speed to the team. We had major questions with the OL. We also were uneasy with the QB situation due to lack of experience and sample size. Then we smoked Wyoming. Everyone saw a bunch of FR step up on defense and offense and it looked like we would terrorize teams. And, all of a sudden, we had some small running back with serious wiggle and top end speed. The QB was also not killing us with bad INTs for once. Then we moved on to Drake and we were rolling them. It wasn't a game and everyone was ready for NDSU. Then the second half happened and the team let their foot off the gas. We all shrugged it off as an anomaly. And why not, we were 2-0 and nobody expected that. We went into the NDSU game with confidence.... and got stomped. Again it was an anomaly. They were just better. Tip of the cap, on to the Big Sky with newfound confidence and expectations. Fast forward two weeks and we're sitting at 4-1. On cloud nine, but with some glaring injuries to key players on defense. There had been some kinks in the armor exposed but not to the extent that would raise too much concern. Then Idaho St happens. We're dominating them at half despite 3 TOs in the first half that kept them in the game. Then they tugged and tugged on the thread of the sweater and it came undone. The team unraveled before our eyes at home in a game that, had we won, would have seemingly guaranteed a playoff birth. We all told ourselves that our team would be pissed and hop right back on the horse. But the defense was still in shambles. Yet, again we find our team in a commanding 4th quarter lead. Time to grind it out...... once again we piss the game away and the defense is exposed further..... against a team that wasn't supposed to be able to pass at all. Now the new expectations aren't fitting with the results. Cognitive dissonance sets in. Are we not the team we thought we were? Apparently not and the next game showed that in a big way. With our crippled defense and backup QB, who as we all know has a totally different skill set than the guy that was winning games in ugly fashion, fly in to Missoula with their sights set on salvaging the once promising season. They don't.... in fact they have their worst game yet against a team that was finally capable of leaving us totally exposed. And here we sit 4-4 and feeling like we're 1-7. Feeling cheated. Feeling the burn of being so close to finally earning the respect we have desired for eight long years and having it ripped from our grasp. Looking back, there is no way anyone would have predicted how this season has gone. We flew way beyond any preseason expectations early on only to fly too close to the sun and come crashing back down to earth in spectacular fashion. So I feel it's time to be a little more realistic with our team and their situation. We had a nice looking set of starters at the beginning of the season. We all knew we were razor thin at some very important positions. Unfortunately that's exactly where the injury bug struck. The players continue to fight though, and they deserve our support. They have busted their asses to bring this program back to prominence and were damn close to doing it way ahead of schedule. Their is a sliver of hope remaining in this season but the odds are not in our favor. I think we all, myself especially, have become too negative to our team at this point and need to look harder for the bright spots instead of focusing only on what's going wrong. Regardless of the outcome we should support our players and be grateful for what they have already accomplished this season. At the very least, they have established that UND football is coming. The rest of the country better be ready, because we're not going anywhere. Now let's enjoy the ride.
  50. 19 points
    Chewey you give no evidence that Faison, Kelly and Shaft lied to the legislature. Some folks on this blog have made accusations and changed rumors to "fact" about a number of things. In fact most of what Kelly and UND and SBoHE warned the legislature about has come to pass.So much of what I read here, and the other hundred blogs about this subject, seems to be unsubstantiated rhetoric. They stated they were told by Fullerton our admission to the Big Sky would be in jeopardy and Fullerton has stated the same to the media not too long ago. The "conspiracy theorists" claim that Kelly forced Fullerton and before that Douple to make this up to help them retire the name. If they are that weak they shouldn't be league commissioners. I certainly am not saying I fully trust Kelly or Faison, but Kelly and Faison didn't lose us the name. I did, Frank did, you did, Clifford did, Strinden did, and all of the rest of us who didn't do enough over the past 50 years to keep us from landing in this mess. To blame guys who showed up after the NCAA nailed us and the agreement was done isn't fair to those folks nor is it smart. We are where we are and we all should accept responsibility for where we are and quit blaming others. Those of us who have donated money in the past to try and keep the name should have organized and done so many years a go. We have no excuses. We may not like it, but we need to move forward and keep the Univeristy positioned as best we can for success. Believe it or not, that may be without the name. The tribes have no one to blame but themselves and we who wanted to keep the name have no one to blame but ourselves. This is not about human rights for our Native brethren. AIM and other activist Native groups are one of the reasons the NCAA got involved in the first place. The tribes and the vast majority of Natives who support the name had well over 40 years to petition the NCAA or solidify there support of the name. We all could have done more and that incluces Tom Clifford and Ralph Englestad. That doesn't mean I oppose their sainthood, but we are a lot more to blame than Kelly and Faison. Chewy, you think the Big Sky needs us more than we need them??? are you serious? They have prospered without us for years and we are going to struggle without a conference. Explain your line of thinking please. You don't think they have an eye on NDSU, SDSU and USD? You don't think those schools couldn't be courted successfully by the Big Sky? Anyone who thinks that couldn't happen hasn't watched the Big 10, WCHA, Pac !0, SEC, aCC etc. the past two years. We need the Big Sky unless you think there is a FBS league who would take us and we would have the funds to make the move. Fetch, you keep insinuating that those who disagree with you are cowards. Have you ever had to do anything that requires you risk everything you have and believe in for a cause? Can't you state you opinions without continued stupid inferences like that. You lose any credibility you may have. It doesn't take courage to name call from behind the anonimity of a blog. You can remain a man of your convictions without the continued insults. I can respect the passion for the name but one of the reasons we have failed is that we keep losing focus and start blaming someone for our own failings as a group of fans, as a University and the Fighting Sioux community both Native and non Native . We need to live to fight another day and the task is daunting. The solution may very well be a future strategy that no one is even discussing right now. If anyone thinks having our state government pass legislation about this name is a good idea then you have't paid attention to how screwed up things can get when the government is involved. Legislation will only limit our options just like the agreement with the NCAA limited our options. There is nothing wrong with holding off on selecting a name but legislation prohibiting UND from doing so decreases our flexibilit?. We who wanted the name didn't do enough to keep the name over the last 50 years. I haven't seen anything other than the movement by the tribes against the NCAA that will fix our many years of inactivity. I am as much to blame as anyone else but Faison and Kelly are not. They weren't here and probably weren't aware of the scope of the issue. Blame them for the things they are responsible for not for our failures.