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  1. You're right, special teams is the easiest way for UDFAs to make the roster. That may well be why the Viking's invited him. Still, he does seem to fit Jet McKinnon's at RB role well, and McKinnon was, after all, an FCS guy too. Who knows? I'm a Viking fan, so whatever's good for the Vikes is good with me.
  2. Santiago is somewhat similar to McKinnon and the Vikings never really McKinnon after he left last year. It won't be easy to get noticed, but I'd say that there is an opportunity with the Vikes for a guy with Santiago's skill set, especially given Dalvin Cook's injury issues.
  3. Apparently it's not so obvious. If it were schools like UND and NDSU would put a lot money and effort into it.
  4. Well, that's not what you said in OP. But yes, match ups are important and the Sooners were a relatively good match up for the Bison that year (for a #5 seed). Nevertheless, that was a good Sooner team. They proved that by making the sweet sixteen the next year and the final four 2 years later.
  5. Of course. The point is that there is no other sporting event that will provide schools like NDSU or NCCU, or UND with even close to the media coverage of a one and done appearance in the Big Dance.
  6. You're not buying that 3 players who turned out to be the core of a final four team weren't unathletic cupcakes? OK.
  7. Highlights of the first four games will also be shown during every first-round game, ESPN Sports Center, and national and local sports programming all over the country. NDSU will be seen by many millions of basketball fans over the next week even if they lose the play-in game.
  8. I guess that depends on your point of view. Does kinda blow away the idea that NDSU beat a dull, unathletic team in 2014, doesn't it?
  9. It's interesting that the three "unathletic" players you mentioned averaged 47.8 ppg and reached the final 4 just two years after losing to NDSU.
  10. Just so I understand, all it would have been required is for the player to have taken two scoops of the supplement in question, along with a Mountain Dew or two, and he would have been vulnerable to a positive test for stimulants? Is that the case?
  11. No, I'm not telling him not speculate. I'm telling to recognize that it is speculation and that he's not unbiased. I'm not unbiased either.
  12. I'm not trying minimize anything. Those are legitimate questions and no one on this forum knows the answers. Obviously, if NDSU staff did give the player the supplement, or if more players are involved, that's a problem. But we don't know that that's what happened, and until you do you're just engaging in wishful thinking about a rival. You want this to be true. But the evidence just isn't there.
  13. If you don't know the answers to the following questions, you have no basis for any conclusion: What was the supplement? Exactly who was "distributing" it to players? Which players actually took this supplement, whatever it was? How often did the players use this substance? What performance benefits might a player actually be expected to receive from this substance (why is it banned)? I may have missed it, but don't see the answer to any of these questions anywhere in this thread.
  14. There's nothing to worry about. NDSU will have superior talent to most ,if not all, FCS teams next year as usual. It''s likely that they'll be the preseason #1 again and should be the favorite to win it all again. UND fans imagining that NDSU will inevitably "fall from grace" or "come back down to earth" is nothing more than wishful thinking on their part. Good teams usually stay good.
  15. I see no evidence that it would have made any difference had it been reported earlier. NDSU got no competitive advantage ... the player didn't play. That's what's required.
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