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  1. You said "In Grand Forks? Nope, hockey is THE sport"...most schools use athletics as a way to gain exposure and attract new students...substantially all potential for UND exposure growth resides in sports that don't involve a puck...
  2. I didn't realize that UND's athletic footprint begins...and ends in Grand Forks County...
  3. Which to be fair is no less important...I'm a UND grad and dang proud of the school...but I grew up on a farm and know the importance of NDSU to the state of North Dakota (and that it goes far beyond the farm). As much fun as it is to rip on NDSU...the reality is both are very good schools. I hate the Bison...not NDSU...there is a difference! There are definitely aspects of the Big Sky Conference that I will miss. It felt unique to the area...and the travel opportunities were undoubtedly appealing. However it's a whole-lot easier to travel to Brookings and Fargo than it is to Missoula (and other places further). The Big Sky may have a slightly better perception amongst the common fan due to it's relative stability (no name changes), but the Summit is on par or slightly ahead in terms of conference strength (having more teams doesn't help when more of them are bad). Between cost savings and the reasons above I welcome a move to the Summit...having 6 games a year in all Olympic sports vs SDSU/USD/NDSU is a great thing in my opinion! The MVFC is going to be great for UND...but we are going to have to continue to up our game (which I'm confident we will). I see a lot of MVFC football message board fans crying over the fact that the schedule will be unbalanced and tougher...whatever happened to bring on the competition?!? Plus nobody even knows if the current MVFC team makeup will be the same in 2020. A UND for YSU team swap would make the MVFC even more compact geographically, while not significantly hurting quality of play (but maybe hurting history, which too many fans love to live in). There's a lot of talk about UND being geographically isolated...but YSU is dang near in Pennsylvania, and has no affiliation with any MVFC team in any other sport. They'd be better off in the CAA with a team like Rhode Island dropping to the NEC. If UNI doesn't like it...well they can just lobby to get some of that Iowa/ISU athletic money to elevate their program. I'm appreciative of Dean Bresciani's help in getting UND into the MVFC, and hopefully we can pay the conference back with some quality football!
  4. My take on these items one at a time... 1 - I cringe every time Seibel is in there to return a kick. I'd like to see Santiago or the new kid out of Washington (or anyone else really) get a look next year. Seibel doesn't inspire confidence in fielding punts. 2 - The coaches clearly were calling punt safe on the play. Not sure what was running through the head of the player who ran into the punter...but there's no excuse for that. To me that's not on the coaches... 3 - Punt protection is a disturbing issue to me...and I'm surprised that more teams didn't try to heat us up on punts. Dussold was very good for us this year...but it seems to me that it takes him an eternity to get his punts off. Recognition needs to be better. It also seems upon further review that the punt we had blocked was the result of a couple of whiffs. That can't happen... 4 - The return that got called back...I think that was a product of the punt was supposed to go to a certain side of the field, but Dussold hit a bad one (probably hurried) and booted it to the one area of the field where he shouldn't have...We were very lucky to get that called back. 5 - Missed field goals...need a better effort from Taubenheim, especially since this isn't going to be an offense meant to put up 40+ per game. We were lucky missed field goals didn't hurt us more this year. At this point, I'm not going to put all the blame on Kostich and proclaim him as incapable. I think a lot of our issues stem from a lack of talent on special teams (this was the case early in the year when kick coverage was so bad...we started putting better players on the kickoff team and that problem fixed itself). As we get further into Bubba's reign...I expect special teams to continue to improve like everything else as the depth gets better. That being said...we need to figure out something better for punt protection...it cost us 1 game for sure and contributed in a second...that's inexcusable...
  5. Richmond is not Winona State...I don't disagree with all of the things you say about our squad...but Richmond is the real deal...and its going to take a great effort to beat them...I hope we get it!
  6. It's annoying enough that the message board takes on that attitude with certain teams...but the fact that they conduct a poll that's not totally meaningless to teams makes it even more of a joke...
  7. I have no idea what to expect Saturday...as this is completely uncharted territory for this team. That being said I'm hopeful we come out and play our best football of 2016...and that effort is enough to allow us to move on. That's all I can ask for at this point. we are down to the final 16 teams in the FCS...I'm not going to write off any of them...
  8. Ok...one time...I stand corrected. I'm all for having high expectations...but I'm not going to call any FCS playoff game a cakewalk...especially when we are making our first ever appearance. Richmond is a good team and their young QB is talented...they will be a tough out for us...as will any team we play from here on out...
  9. Why would any UND fan even want to participate there? NDSU folks hijack any conversation that mentions UND before we even get a chance to see it. Most AGS'ers have a toxic view of UND purely because of the narrative that NDSU rubes push over there...I guess that's what happens when tractors drive themselves and the farm folk have extra time on their hands...hahaha
  10. Are you kidding me?!? We haven't rested starters in a single game yet this year...what makes you think we will do it Saturday?!? It's going to be a dogfight to the end...
  11. I have no experience other than being in both arenas...but I tend to think the new Pepsi rink at the MAYSA is nicer than the All Seasons. Seating capacity is about the same, with nicer lighting and what not...plus it's in a better location than the All Seasons...but still...I'd think both are insufficient for a D1 hockey club...
  12. Hedberg is no longer the AD...and no matter what level of interest he may or may not have had there's a lot that comes into play here. You don't see a whole lot on the finances of the MSU athletic department here like you do NDSU or UND...but I'd have to think that the Beavers have one of the smallest athletic budgets in all of the NSIC. I've lived here for just shy of a decade...and to all those that think everyone in Minot drives a Benz with money to burn...well they have no idea. We've got hotels in receivership, companies filing Chapter 11, and rental real estate sitting empty. It's not nearly as bad as the 1980s bust was in Williston...but it's most definitely not 2013 anymore. The new Pepsi Rink seats about 2,000, and while it is a godsend compared to the original MAYSA arena, it's nothing special when compared to arenas in even the WCHA. To think that MSU could sell 2,000 $30 tickets every night is laughable at this point. And big corporate oil donors are pulling back like crazy. As a joint UND/MSU booster and UND ticket holder...MSU needs to get it's ducks in a row within it's varsity athletic department before they can begin to think about adding hockey. Their move to D1 outside of soccer and softball has been a joke in my opinion. The City rebuilt Herb Parker for them, but nobody goes to the games because they thought they could go from a mediocre team in the DAC to a D2 competitor without changing anything. Same largely goes for basketball...the Dome is way too big, there is no atmosphere and the talent level hasn't really picked up at all. These are all problems that need solutions much more urgently than solving the varsity/club hockey question at MSU.
  13. A-&$%#@*!-MEN
  14. Can we move the Davis game to November 18th??? Hahaha
  15. I don't begrudge coach Baldwin of anything...he's got a heck of a team in Cheney...and an absolute beast in Kupp. They were down last year...by their standards (and who could blame them after Oregon treated EWU like a JUCO...which is a blatant abuse of the grad transfer rule)...but at some point Bubba deserves some recognition on some level for turning the dumpster fire that he inherited around in 3 years. I know this is a season-only award, but look back to 2008 (UND's first D1 year and Baldwin's 1st year at EWU). Assuming EWU wins on Saturday, this is what both teams have done: UND 52-47 (many of the wins sub-D1 due to transition schedule) EWU 83-31 (1 National Title) EWU in 2015 was an anomaly...Coach Baldwin deserves a ton of credit for getting them back on track this year, and it is tough to sustain a program (for most schools not named NDSU)...but Bubba has taken a team that has done nothing and made them relevant (to what level can and will be thoroughly debated I'm sure) in a relatively short time-frame. That's why most UND fans think he should be coach of the year...if that makes any sense. Maybe they'll split the big sky award. Both coaches are very deserving.