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  1. 58 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. 24 points
    I'm afraid not. That only works at Duluth where hockey and diving are one in the same.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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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  8. 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.
  9. 22 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 21 points
    In my opinion, Tom Miller completely obliterated Brad yesterday in terms of being a reporter.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 21 points
    Just did 60.(tickets) We got this!!
  15. 21 points
    Congrats on the great regular season. Now go makes some noise in the post season and do the Big Sky proud.
  16. 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...
  17. 20 points
    Oh, was the Bison football team out getting the pledges?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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".
  21. 20 points
    Which is interesting since they lost twice in the West Regional..............................................................
  22. 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-
  23. 20 points
    Wife just had a beautiful baby girl!!!! Great night!!!
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. 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.
  27. 19 points
    There's a new store opening in downtown Grand Forks this summer. I hear they will also be selling T shirts.
  28. 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.
  29. 19 points
    Yep....Just look at MBB. 1.4 million people watched UND-AZ in the big dance....But I guess women's hockey and its 209 fans deserve a bigger budget because of Olympians or something like that. Rival fan here but your admin made a very wise move today, a decision that I doubt previous admins would have had the guts to make.
  30. 19 points
    The Men's Basketball team, the one that just played Arizona on TBS primetime and got UND more exposure nationwide in a week than any sport ever, has a smaller budget than WH. W.T.F.
  31. 19 points
    Or Ohio state could just take care of it. That'd be fine with me.
  32. 19 points
    Interesting to ser if the whole state rallys around The Flagship after all "It is good for the entire state"
  33. 19 points
    Horns down................
  34. 19 points
    most people don't count the 2 numbers after the period.
  35. 19 points
    Actually, what's sad is you are upset and offended people are making silly, innocent jokes to the point you are monitoring Sioux sports day and night Carson on the other hand is normal and has a sense of humor; he knew he would get ribbed for this and is enjoying every minute of it; he wouldn't have tweeted it if he was devoid of a sense of humor, as you appear to be. Sad life.
  36. 18 points
    People will stop ripping them when they stop ripping UND.
  37. 18 points
    Lemme guess...another former North Dakotan who grew up in Grand Forks, Fargo, or Bismarck, who feels that anything west of New Salem Sue may as well be gifted to Montana. Not all of us dumb country folk who grew up in the SW corner of the state were or would be thrilled with the idea of going to college more than 100+ miles away from home. The idea of closing entire universities and colleges so we can fund a floundering athletics program for roughly 30 athletes at the flagship school is so preposterous, it doesn't even merit discussion.
  38. 18 points
    What does producing Olympians have anything to do with the cost to support Womens hockey at UND?
  39. 18 points
    It's a travesty that the state of North Dakota will not continue to subsidize the development of European olympic hockey players! -- Brad E Schlossman
  40. 18 points
    Answer simple questions
  41. 18 points
    Geography absolutely counts. And it is pretty remarkable how well the geography of the Big Sky mirrors many of the primary locations that large groups of UND alumni are found. As our teams, especially football, continue to establish themselves as title contenders in the Big Sky and are making the national tournaments, the Alumni Association and Foundation is going to love being able to have fundraisers and host tailgating parties in places such as Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and California. I really don't think we are going to realize all of the potential benefits of the Big Sky until some time has gone by. Once we have established ourselves in the conference and had time to grow into a full Division I university and fanbase, at that point I think the benefits of being in the Big Sky will really become apparent.
  42. 18 points
    I'm skipping the NYC trip and going to GF for our first D-1 football playoff game. I'm a Pretty excited guy right now.
  43. 18 points
    In my career I worked with a number of tribes, primarily on electricity issues. There are a number of characteristics, unfortunately, that tend to be common among the tribes. First, they operate on what is called IT (Indian Time), which means when meetings and appointments are scheduled they will show up at the time that they consider appropriate. I have driven over 100 miles several times to meet with tribal officials at a designated time, and have them arrive up to 2 hours or more late, or not show up at all. Second, they don't seem to want to participate in the processes, waiting until the process is complete before raising a fuss that they haven't had input. That is the exact case here. None of the tribes participated in the permitting process before the ND PSC or the federal government. The tribal involvement in the Fighting Sioux nickname followed this trend as well. As a native of ND I watch the obituaries in the Bismarck Tribune closely to learn of the passing of classmates and friends, or people I just know. What has really struck me are the obituaries of Native Americans and the ages at which they are dying. It doesn't matter if it is Fort Berthold or Fort Yates or any of the other tribes there are far too many dying in their 20's, 30's. 40's and 50's. It is uncommon to see a Native American obituary for someone 70 or older. If the tribes could get this worked up about reservation living conditions, life styles, education, etc. and go after what is causing all of these premature deaths, they could maybe make some real progress in many lives. I believe that while their status as sovereign nations provides them some benefit, it also greatly hinders them to a much greater degree. You see very little industrial or business development (other than casinos) on the reservations because companies do not want to be subject just to tribal law and councils rather than standard state and federal law. No one wants to risk significant capital that would be at risk of the whims of a tribal council or court. And unfortunately, many tribal elected officials have been corrupt. Even after being convicted and serving jail time, some have returned and won re-election. Finally, I have heard numerous stories about Native American youth wanting to attend college, get an education that will help them earn a decent living, but face pressure and harassment to stay on the reservation. There are two sides to this situation, the effort to better one's self and the effort to maintain the Native American culture and tribe on the reservation. Unless tribal members learn to work toward improving the education and job opportunities of their population, things will continue as is. And no, UND should not get involved in this tribal situation. There is an argument from the past that comes to mind, that UND has more pressing issues to deal with.
  44. 18 points
    Hold the presses! I got a late Friday e-mail from the UND Sports Information Office that says only qualified grammarians with the ability to string together at least a couple of sentences will be allowed unfettered access to UND fall camp football practices from now on, and will henceforth be subject to a series of new guidelines. The new guidelines, though, never mentioning Teeder11 by name, are clearly directed at me. And I am not the least bit amused by it. I have a hunch that that "the new guy" at Midco might have something to do with this. "Sir, Mr. Bigtime Boston, you're no Pat Sweeney, and The Stache would be appalled at this policy." Wanna-be media types will still be allowed unencumbered access to all other UND athletic programs and personnel, except men's hockey, in which they will have to submit a hand-written (in blood) request for access to God Almighty, but it first must clear a committee comprising Brad Schlossman and Virg Foss. I understand protecting the brand but c'mon UND, really? The guidelines stipulate that: 1. Wanna-be media types must view all fall camp practices from behind the iron gates of Memorial Stadium, or in the event of inclement weather, they must smash their nose up against the glass from outside the High Performance Center. 2. No tweets more than three words will be allowed, and all tweets must start with the word "leave" and end with the word "doubt." 3. All one-on-one interaction and interviews will be limited to Travis the equipment guy and Kauker. 4. Wanna-be media must provide coffee and doughnuts to UND football SID and all other "real" media who are present at all fall camp practices. On two-a-days, Dilly bars and sodas will be the afternoon treat du jour. 5. Any and all practice reports must first be cleared by the football SID, signed off by the overall SID, stamped with approval by the AD and reviewed by UND President Mark Kennedy before submission to the public can occur -- and only after a 10-day cooling off period. This provision will be null and void if wanna-be media guy neglects his coffee-and-doughnuts duties (Refer back to Guideline 4). That's it. I am told that this kind of treatment of wanna-be media types is "nothing out of the ordinary" and that "most schools are doing this." Well, as bad as all this sounds... I better get with the program or face the prospects of having my wanna-be media credential denied. And we wouldn't want that would we? (*This entire message was submitted in the spirit of satire and should not be taken the least bit seriously)
  45. 18 points
    Good for you. I think fans from "rival" schools have no business going to the rivals forum board that their team isn't involved in.
  46. 18 points
    Says the guy who showed up and started commenting because he thought someone may have kind of almost insulted a team he roots for.
  47. 17 points
    I am so proud of my university today. They made the best decision possible for the school and the athletic department. These cuts do hurt many athletes but the cuts were needed. UND never needed that many sports. this move may be to motivate rich alumni to sustain the programs with their money. If these alumni care that much about the sports they will raise the money to keep them. Proud of what Kennedy has done so far!
  48. 17 points
    How's this look for my UND weekend: Friday 1:00 Mens BB home opener Friday 3:00 Women's BB home opener Friday night: UND Men's Hockey Saturday 9 a.m.: Football tailgating Saturday 11 a.m.: Women's VD (sorry but I gotta tailgate) Saturday 1:00: Watch football team win conference championship Saturday night: UND Men's Hockey I'm thinking this is worth the 220 mile drive.
  49. 17 points
    Upon getting back to the office after helping with sugar beet harvest, I have 2 very nice thank you letters from the 1st two winners of the Bubba Bucks $5,000 scholarship drawings at UND home football games. As previously stated, my company is a sponsor.
  50. 17 points
    Day 1: Friday, Aug. 8: If you complained about being out on the Memorial Stadium turf today, you need to find a new line of work: beautiful, slight breeze, not a cloud in the sky and temps in the upper 70s. The demeanor on the field among players and coaches was very businesslike for a first day. No shouting and screaming like drill sergeants. There was an expectation in the air and for most part the players were meeting it. The young guys were calmly coached up and the vets were a bit more brusquely reminded about their technique when needed. I expect that to change as camp lingers on and the coaches get a little more excitable. Bubba gave his usual "first day is easy" speech, and that what really matters is keeping the attention to detail and motivation to improve up throughout fall camp. Bubba pointed out a situation in which one particular player thought he was at a picnic versus football practice and that he was not "valuing the ball." He said that cannot and will not happen under his watch. Players who I noted did not practice (for various reasons): Bennett Helgren, Josh Seibel and I did not see Vashon Tucker on the field, though, I may have just missed him. No reason to speculate beyond that. The uniform was helmet and shorts ... no pads. 1. Zach Arnell looked like he was shot out of a cannon all day. He was all over the field and made several plays on defense. It's obvious he was chomping at the bit to get back to it after the suspicious hit on him at the AC last year. 2. Clive Georges looks much less slight this year. Looks like he's packed on a little muscle. Still blazing fast. He caught the ball very well per usual. 3. The 1st team OL at this very early point in the season is: Stockwell, Bell, Coe, Taylor, Cox. Some speculation whether Coe and Cox might be interchangeable between the center and tackle spot. Just interesting speculation at this point. Not sure how much substance is there. 4. Rooney took snaps at center with the back up O linemen, followed by Nguyen. I did not see Aplin take any snaps at center. He did practice. 5. Coyne and Norberg switched on and off at FB all practice. They are both about the same size, though Norberg looks a bit more mobile and limber. 6. Taj Rich looked to be practicing at normal speed, with a brace on his left knee. He put maximum pressure on his knee all practice and did not favor the other leg at all. Keep your fingers crossed. 7. WR Carter Blackwell gained some weight but shrunk from his recruited height. Now listed at 6'1" down a couple inches. Go figure. On a more positive note, he developed some catching ability over the summer. He pulled in some tough balls and had much better attention on ball and exploded up field after the catch. Juries still out on him for me but he looks much improved in the catching category after 1 practice. 8. I don't understand it, but WR Dulin is still fighting the ball a bit. Arrrgghh! 9. QB Heidelbaugh still takes forever (relatively speaking) to get his throws off, and that did result in at least one INT, but he did have a few nice balls today, including one where he put it perfectly over the receivers opposite shoulder along the sideline. Indefensible. 10. Arnell came from out of nowhere and skied high into the air for a PBU on Blackwell. 11. As mentioned before a slight hitch in Heidelbaugh's mechanics caused an INT... the ball was tipped and fell into the arms of newcomer Cameron Hunt. 12. Santiago was Santiago. And that's good. Great depth behind him is even better. 13. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that, though there are some reservations on what happens if Studsrud goes down, I think Bartels finally puts it all together if he's needed a la Marcus Hendrickson in his senior year. Bartels has little to lose, it's his senior year, he knows the system, he knows the Big Sky. He showed a bit more mobility last year. Just a hunch. But I am an optimist. I remember Hendrickson and thinking why didn't he show what he showed his senior year in any of his previous years. Oh well. More about the new guys--- here's what you've been waiting for: 1. Putting all the message board chatter and speculation aside, for me, Toivonnen and Cloyd definitely passed the eye test and are the real deal. I had a similar reaction to Santiago last year and to Reyes and Cam Kuksa prior to that. Toivonnen has all the tools right now and looks like a Luke Stanley type dependable receiver. Cloyd is a massive human being who will only get bigger and better as he tones a bit and adds even more muscle. One of my buds today said that Cloyd looks like he has shoulder pads on when he doesn't. 2 Ray Haas also looks very noticeably tall at his position in the secondary. I will keep my eye on him. He may be a fun one to watch develop over the years. 3. WR Noah Wanzek looks good early. He had a beautiful reception up the middle where he used all of his 6'4" and then some to sky into the air for the catch. 4. WR Demun Mercer had a solid day, nothing flashy, though. Has some decent speed. That's it for today. Sorry that was long. Probably don't need to reply to this long post if you have questions or hot takes.