My take on what has happened to UND football since 2004 when we were consistently beating NDSU and SDSU.
NDSU and SDSU moved to DI. They started getting more of the recruits they wanted with more scholarship $$. I know Mertens didn't turn out to be the savior at NDSU but everyone wanted him. He told Dale he couldn't justify coming to UND for half scholarship vs. NDSU for full ride.
UND moved to DI but was not eligible for anything during transition years. NDSU and SDSU were now eligible. During that time some kids said they didn't want to 'play for nothing' and chose our ri