While I agree that it would have been great if the players would have received rings. A couple of important facts:
-- For a good quality ring, they would have cost at least $200 each. There were about 125 recipients (100 players, 15 coaches (including grad assistants) and another 10 others (trainers, equipment managers, admin, etc.) With UND's athletic programs already facing major financial challenges, they apparently felt that they couldn't find an extra $25,000. I do think they could have put out an APB to CC members and FB alumni and the $ could have been raised but they elected not to do so.
-- I think allowing players to buy their own rings may have caused more chaos in the locker room than not providing them. There are a lot of kids who probably couldn't afford a ring. Yes, the majority of them receive COA funds. But many don't and some walk-ons contribute considerably more than a scholarship player (redshirt freshmen, etc.). I think some kids having rings and others not would have been a big issue!