Showing posts with label North Dakota State University. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Dakota State University. Show all posts

Saturday, September 20, 2014

NDSU Linebacker Carlton Littlejohn smokes Montana receiver Mitch Saylor

NDSU linebacker Carlton Littlejohn was assessed a personal four for targeting and given a game disqualification for this hit on Montana receiver Mitch Saylor. After further review, the disqualification for targeting was reversed. Littlejohn remained in the game, but NDSU was still given a penalty.

This is a perfect textbook example of how reviewing a penalty, in the end, will help the officials make the right call.  College hockey should pay attention, the review didn't take all that long, and in the end right call was made.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

North Dakota AG College: ESPN Game Day Heading Back To Fargo

When it rains, it pours. Life is good for NDSU fans right now. So, for a second time in a year, ESPN game day is making a return trip to Fargo.

Like one of my Facebook friends said, "If you're a fan of a certain Big Ten football team this should embarrass you. Your squad is in the big 10 and can't produce a product ESPN cares about. Better program, better team, less scholarships. Honestly it's pretty sad, really." Begrudgingly, I must admit, he's right, that's an awesome feat. Yep, life is good for the NDSU football team.
WDAZ.COM - Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When news broke over twitter this morning that ESPN's College GameDay would be making a return trip to Fargo next weekend if NDSU could beat Weber State tonight. Bison fans were quick to fire back with "we'll see you next week."

Friday, August 22, 2014

Grand Forks Herald: UND, NDSU to play in 2015, 2019, ending 12-year hiatus

Good times have come our way... Finally, the North Dakota State University and North Dakota will resume their rivalry in football. It’s a start, and it’s also a step in the right direction. Seriously, the Bison didn’t have to play us and while some UND fans aren’t happy that the games will only played in Fargo for now, the series will eventually return to Grand Forks, ND. I would bet on it.

Now if you want some comical, thoughtful analysis on the resumption of the historic rivalry, head over to Belligerentville aka Bisonville.

One final note, according to Dom Izzo and Tom Miller, the two teams will “not” play for the Nickle Trophy.
Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald -- The UND-NDSU football rivalry is back.

The schools will play in games in Fargo on Sept. 19, 2015, and Sept. 7, 2019, ending a 12-year hiatus that began after the 2003 contest when NDSU moved to NCAA Division I status.

“I want our football players to have the full experience of being a UND football player and, to me, that includes playing North Dakota State," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "True rivalry games are a big part of college football. You see Iowa State playing Iowa, Michigan State playing Michigan, Auburn playing Alabama and so on. There is no reason North Dakota and North Dakota State should not be playing.

“As I traveled around the region talking to some of our football alums, one of their fondest memories is playing against our rival North Dakota State. Too many young men have missed out on that opportunity over the last 11 years.”

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Grand Forks Herald, UND may play NDSU in football in Fargo, without return game

I would have to say that this is an interesting turn of events. I do find it odd that NDSU will schedule a home-and-home game with a Big Sky Conference foe, but not with UND. Seems kind of petty to me. Again, obviously, NDSU is a very good FCS team, but UND is already playing and beating NDSU in every other sport that they have.
Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald --- UND athletic director Brian Faison may be willing to sign a contract to renew the UND-North Dakota State football rivalry without any guarantee of a game in Grand Forks.

Faison, who previously held firm asking for a home-and-home series, indicated Friday that he would even consider playing two games in Fargo for a monetary guarantee just to get the dormant rivalry started again.

“There’s a strong sentiment from a certain part of our fan base that, whatever we have to do, let’s do it,” Faison told the Herald. “If that means one game or two games. . . at least it gets it to being started again. I’ve been working to get a home-and-home, but that doesn’t appear to be in the mix.”

The teams, who haven’t competed against each other in football since 2003, could play as soon as next season.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NDSU and UND already play in other sports

Look what we have here, UND and NDSU are going to play in Men's and Women's Basketball. I guess, the two schools can put aside their differences and play on the hardwood. I guess, NDSU can't get over their delusions of grandeur to play UND in football.

Men’s Basketball “Big Game” Plan – 4 games for $40
North Dakota State – Sunday, Nov. 24th
South Dakota State – Saturday, Dec. 21st
Weber State – Saturday, Jan. 11th  
Montana – Saturday, Feb. 15th

Women’s Basketball “Big Game” Plan – 4 games for $30
North Dakota State – Saturday, Dec. 14th
Northern Colorado – Saturday, Jan. 4th
Montana State – Saturday, Jan. 18th
Idaho State – Saturday, Feb. 8th
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Bison Linebacker Travis Beck to plead guilty to resisting arrest

What's this? I thought that there was nothing to see there folks? I thought that Travis Beck was a victim of the Fargo Police Department? Hum, this is interesting. Now, it will also be interesting to see if the NDSU football coach Craig Bohl will finally suspend Travis Beck for a game or two? I am willing to bet that Bohl will say that were handling this matter internally and nothing will happen because we all know that winning is the only things that matters.

Emily Welker, Forum News – A starting linebacker with the North Dakota State University football team is set to plead guilty to resisting arrest charges later this month.

The guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge would come after prosecutors dropped a more serious felony assault charge against Travis Beck, 21.

Both charges were linked to a brawl outside a down-town Fargo restaurant after bar closing earlier this summer in which police said Beck knocked the other man unconscious.

The more serious charges were dropped by county prosecutors after they said surveillance video from nearby businesses and police cameras showed Beck might have been acting in self-defense. The video also showed four officers converging on Beck after the fight, during which he seems to struggle as they handcuff him
Imagine if this was a UND hockey player? I would be willing to bet that we wouldn't be hearing crickets, like we are in this case. Recently, an Ohio State football player was suspended because he didn't walk away from a fight.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Forum headline: Former UNO, UND football coach arrested in Iowa

The Fargo Forum probably was falling all over itself to put up that headline. To quote the A.P. article that the Forum doctored, "[Pat] Behrns had been head coach of the University of North Dakota football team from 1980 to 1985." Behrns hasn't coached at UND for 28 years. This is the same newspaper that won't hold their head football coach or the football players at NDSU accountable.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

UND and NDSU to resume the football rivalry?

Tonight, there was a tweet WDAY's Dom Izzo and apparently there's a chance that the NDSU and UND might resume the historic rivalry and begin playing football in 2015. That would be awesome news if true.

I was also re-reading an old blog post from last November  and of course there was the usual and predictable moronathon of comments from NDSU fans. You know, "the who needs UND, blah, blah, blah"…Kind of reminds me of the comments I have seen made from another rival or ours.

Look, when I went to school at UND, the Sioux vs the Bison football game was one of the hottest tickets in town, it was a very fun rivalry. I don't understand why people are still biter on both sides, after all of these years. Sure, Roger Thomas made a poor decision by deciding not to continue playing NDSU, but he has been gone from UND for a long time.

Lastly, I found a comment from a fan that really hits a home run. Also, this guys comments kind of puts things in perspective. Check it out. I would love to buy this guy a beer, because he gets it. Seriously, he's right, do NDSU fan "really" want to see the Bison play some slouch team, that fits the weak sister of the poor label, or do they want to play a real rival?

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Travis Beck arrest video portrays NDSU football in a positive light

Check out the Fargo Police video of the arrest of NDSU linebacker Travis Beck's, this was filmed in the back of a Fargo police car as  he's being placed under arrest and then transported to the hospital on June 9, 2013.

If you watch the video, it doesn't shed a very positive light on the NDSU football program or  Travis Beck. [click to watch the video] on this same link you can also watch the incident video, which is sketchy at best. Like I predicted many in the NDSU fan base are making Beck out to be the victim in this incident, if you listen to the video you will hear that this isn't the first time that he's resisted arrest.

Of course Travis Beck is a victim and misunderstood, if you read the fan message boards. Here's the problem, he's downtown intoxicated, getting in an physical altercation, he's not without fault like some have suggested. The fact remains, that NDSU Football program under Craig Bohl has an image problem. Don't expect a suspension in this matter.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Some Sad News (RW77)

Ok, I know this doesn't relate to the NHL or to UND Hockey or, I guess, to NDSU athletics but...

Just graduated CC Forward Scott Winkler was found dead at his parent's home in Norway yesterday (Wednesday, June 12th).  He was 23.

This is definitely not cool.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Winkler family and friends.

I hope the rest of the UND Hockey family would do the same.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

A few things.... NCAA Hockey

Chad from a Tradition of Execellence posted this question on Twitter and this was my answer.

Here is the link to the WDAZ Story on the UND trip the Grand Rapids. Corey from WDAZ will be with the team as they play in the Regional

Another Epic Fail, this time by the Niagara University SID office. It's really not all that hard, A simple search on could have cleared this up. I am also sure that SID from UND Jayson Hajdu could have answered any questions that the SID Niagara could have had, as well.

For the geographically challenged, NDSU is in Fargo, ND and doesn't have Division I college hockey. UND is Grand Forks, ND and is the seven time NCAA Division I Champion. NDSU is a football school, UND is a hockey school and an up an coming school in FCS football.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Two NDSU softball players charged in connection with boozy initiation party

Since they’re not NDSU football players they will probably have the book thrown at them by the NDSU athletic department.
FARGO – Two people have been charged in Cass County District Court in connection with incidents that occurred on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and involved individuals who at the time were members of North Dakota State University’s women’s softball team.

The charges stem from an initiation party for freshman players that included beer-chugging contests and forced shots of liquor, one of the players allegedly told police.

Cassidy Szeredy is charged with harassment and disorderly counduct, a Class A misdemeanor and a Class B misdemeanor, respectively, according to a Monday afternoon news release from the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office.
So, today we find out that two NDSU Bison softball players Alexandria Sobrero and Cassidy Szeredy are facing charges of harassment and disorderly conduct as the result of a team party that went south late last year. This comes on the heels of five UND hockey players being charged for allegedly supplying alcoholic beverages to minors during a team party prior to the 2012-13 season.

It will be interesting to see how the NDSU athletic department handles this case. We will see if the NDSU softball team has a win all cost attitude or will these two players sit out a game or two.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Game Day Friday

Another awesome episode of Through These Doors.

Here are my game notes for this weekends Brice Goal Rush Tourney.

From a Tradition of Excellence - Corban Knight, A Center of Attention

Doyle Woody - North Dakota Is Going To Be Seriously Short-Handed Against UAA On Friday

From Bucky's Fifth Quarter - Wisconsin Hockey More Details Emerge In Kerdiles NCAA Probe

UND MEN'S HOCKEY: Lines to be full of walk-ons due to suspensions

Easton Synergy EQ50 Sr. Hockey Equipment Combo (Google Affiliate Ad)
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

One Last time, NDSU makes their case for their athletes

I know this isn't hockey related but it's kind of a big deal to the people of North Dakota. I am also going to get back to covering UND hockey starting tomorrow when I go to the Hockey media luncheon, that I promise you.

This evening, NDSU head football coach Craig Bohl, Athletic Director Gene Taylor and University President Dean Bresciani addressed the Fargo media on why the North Dakota State University didn't suspend nine of the 10 players that plead guilty to violating North Dakota election laws. In other words, only one player is going to get suspended for basically screwing up a petition drive that Ducks Unlimited was going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on promoting.

So, whether those in Fargo to include fans of the Bison Nation want to acknowledge this or not – this this kind of a big deal – these football players attempted to selfishly circumvented the election process – these guys attempted to defraud the state of North Dakota for personal gain. That is a serious deal – I don’t buy this crap about the players not really understanding what they did – that is absolute balderdash. These are adults and their actions have consequences and playing football for North Dakota State University is a privilege not a right – the Bison players in this case are also not the victims some have made them out to be.

If the NDSU coaching staff had just decided to suspend the players involved in this crime during the RMU game, this would have been over and it would have ended all of the speculation that has taken place since with each passing day.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

McFeely on the Travis Beck incident.

It's too easy... This is a snap shot of KFGO 790 A.M. radio talk show host Mike McFeely and his twitter feed today. You can see that McFeely broke down the Travis Beck incident pretty well. As most of you know NDSU's Football team has had a few of their players get into trouble with the law. If you have been reading the Fargo and Grand Forks newspapers or watching the local news you will see that the NDSU Football players are making the news on and off of the football field.

For the UND football fans that went to school during the 1990's you probably can still remember - this is kind of reminiscent of the Rocky Hagler days when he has the head coach of the NDSU Bison and they too had fair number of players that got in trouble with the law - just like Craig Bohl's players have this past year and into the summer. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days and weeks. I am sure that Craig Bohl will probably say that this is a whole lot to do about nothing.

People can say why does it matter - here is the problem - Craig Bohl knew that the petition fraud charges were coming down on 10 his players and the could have ended all of this with simply suspending his players for their game against RMU and this would have been over. Instead head coach Craig Bohl and the Athletic director choose to say this.

“There are not going to be any suspensions,” Taylor emphatically said after the game. “These kids don’t deserve a suspension. I’m not going to suspend them and neither is Craig (head coach Craig Bohl). As far as we are concerned, it is over.”
By making comments like this Bohl is actually putting his program under the scope - so just when the head coach thought maybe this would pass a the Travis Beck incident just compounds what happened last weekend.
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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Few things before bed...

Like him or hate him - Mick McFeely of KFGO radio out of Fargo, ND says some interesting things and with this tweet he nailed it. Dennis Anderson of the Star and Tribune also touched on this subject as well.

Also, I will be doing some writing for the Hockey Writers as well - as an NCAA hockey writers. This was posted on twitter as well tonight - I will be doing some writing for Inside Hockey but also the Hockey Writers as well. This blog will still be here as well.

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Win at all costs is the message at NDSU

North Dakota State Bison athletic logo
North Dakota State Bison athletic logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I think I got this figured out; the message coming out of Fargo, ND – if you’re an athlete at North Dakota State University – more specifically – if you’re a starter on the Bison football team – you don’t have to suffer the consequences for your actions. Apparently, being called out in the media for your moronic and buffoonish actions is considered suffering enough. I am going to say Barbra Streisand on this one.

Apparently, North Dakota State University officials don’t think that it’s a big deal to subvert elections laws and commit election fraud – sounds like the NDSU football coach doesn't feel that players on his team need to follow the rules that the rest of society follows.
Kevin Schnepf, INFORUM --- After the 6,000 Bison fans who made the trip to Fort Collins celebrated yet another win over a big-time opponent, they couldn’t help but wonder if any of the Bison players are going to eventually face suspensions for their involvement in the highly publicized petition fraud case.

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor quickly answered that question after the game:

“There are not going to be any suspensions,” Taylor emphatically said after the game. “These kids don’t deserve a suspension. I’m not going to suspend them and neither is Craig (head coach Craig Bohl). As far as we are concerned, it is over.”

This statement was made with NDSU President Dean Bresciani standing only a few feet away. Bresciani said he did not want to comment, saying he does not comment on inner-department matters.

This statement, no doubt, is going to add plenty of fodder for those who think the current 10 Bison players who were charged for forging names on petition drives should be suspended. There were even some Bison boosters at Saturday’s pregame tailgating festivities who were anticipating some sort of suspension once these players have their day in court.

“What’s going to happen in court, in my opinion, is going to be a lot less than what people think,” Taylor said. “At the end of the day, these kids have been through enough.”
All you have to do is read these quotes below by NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor – this is a text book definition of the arrogance by a public official – it’s also apparent that the NDSU athletic director is delusional and out of touch with reality. North Dakota State University is a public university that is paid for by public funds received from state income taxes, that the state of North Dakota assesses the good people of the great state of North Dakota – that means that the athletic department is accountable to us – the tax payers in North Dakota.
“It’s over,” Taylor reiterated. “They felt horrible, they felt horrible. Every day, their pictures are in the paper, day after day after day. It gets and old and it does get to them.

“They were villified many times over and to come out and perform like they did, it’s hats off to them. I’m tired of talking about it and I’m tired of seeing it in the paper. People need to move on because it’s not changin
Let’s look at it this way – you’re representatives of the defending FCS National Champion – players on your teams – some of which are starters (4) – committed a crime. That’s nothing to sneeze at – this isn’t a status offense – this is an actual Class Misdemeanor.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

So is NDSU setting a precedent?

First off, I am not real familiar with the Bison Fan blog - this is a blog about the NDSU sports teams and more specially the NDSU Football and Basketball teams – that being said, are they providing cover for the NDSU Bison’s head coach Craig Bohl?

From time-to- time I do peruse the Bison sports fan blog when something big happens -there have been a few incidents lately that shed an unfavorable light on their football program. Here’s the latest from the NDSU Bison Fan Blog

4. My thought on the forging scandal is to have all suspended for the CSU game. I do not think Coach Bohl is handling this wrong, but if he is nervous about losing a bunch of players for that game, he has to remember, he has great depth. Marcus Williams and Sam Ojuri, are great players, but they like every player is replaceable. You have great players around those who screw up. That is what a team is. If you lose the CSU game, you were probably not the favorite going in anyway and it is one loss with or without those players. It would have sent a strong message as well and shut up all the experts.
Also, the athletic department has already provided cover for the 8 student athletes that are involved in this voter fraud scheme.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For the third time since the start of Fall Camp, Players on the NDSU Football team are caught up in the Cass County Legal system. But is the University worried about a possible negative reputation?

From traffic violations to indecent exposure, to voter fraud, the allegations against these student-athletes run the gamut. In the eyes of the law some of these charges are more serious than others. But the NDSU athletic department is taking a different course of action.

Gene Taylor/NDSU Athletic Director: "In terms of other things that kids get in trouble for, student athletes across the country, I do not think this rates where they should be suspended for a certain amount of time."
Is Gene Taylor, the NDSU Athletic Director sending a bad message to the fans and another student athlete at NDSU that considers doing something that is unethical, criminal or just wrong? Is Taylor providing cover for his beleaguered head football coach?

Let’s be clear, these are also the same people that will jump on the why didn't you discipline offending player(s) bandwagon the next time a UND student athlete from one of UND high profiles sports screws up. You can almost bet on it...

Also, these will be the same people that will second guess one of the UND head coaches if that said athlete isn’t punished up to their standards – but will provide cover when it’s one of their own.

So let’s post the question is; what is the standard? One of their players gets kicked off of the team, albeit that player had issues and another eight player’s screw up and these players get to keep playing so the Bison have a chance to play their FBS opponent this weekend. What kind of message is being sent – play at all cost because bottom line is more important.

Lastly, I am not going to say that my favorite school UND is squeaky clean because it’s not; I am sure that UND distractors will have a litany of issues that they could bring up. Yep, that’s true and there have been dust ups and moral/legal issues that have come out over the years too – every school has them it’s just a matter of how said schools handle the problems.

I am also sure that many could say that UND didn’t handle this or that particular situation in a very good manner and some have said, “what the ______?” I am not denying that one bit.

Some are going to ask me why it matter… I am going to say this, like it or not NDSU like UND are state funded schools that is owned by the tax payers of the great state of North Dakota and we are entitle to a little transparency and or at least some level of accountability. They owe it to us because we pay their salaries.

Lastly, are there going to be a second set of standards for NCAA Division I athletes then there are for regular students? It’s beginning to seem like we have set that precedent. If you can throw a football or make a tackle you're going to get more ley way than someone that can't.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bison Football players making national news for voter fraud

The North Dakota State University football team is getting some unwanted scrutiny and press after it was revealed to the media and fans that eight NDSU football players – four of which are starters have been caught in a voter fraud case. That story has now hit the national media and the NCAA site as well. --- Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, are among 11 people charged with faking petition signatures in a scheme that will keep two well-funded initiatives off the November ballot.

Bison coach Craig Bohl said the players will be eligible to play this weekend against Colorado State and any team discipline would wait until after the criminal case was resolved.

The players were hired, at $9 an hour, to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives, one to set up a state conservation fund and the other to make marijuana legal for medical treatments. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Tuesday that many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or fabricated.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said he was told petition circulators had to get at least 50 signatures each day and those that collected at least 80 names received bonuses. Workers who fell short of those goals would have had an incentive to add names, he said.

Those charged include starting running back Samuel Ojuri, defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre, and offensive lineman Josh Colville. Backup defensive backs Bryan Shepherd and Aireal Boyd, reserve middle linebacker Antonio Rodgers and Demitrius Gray, a freshman wide receiver, also face charges. Gray is a redshirt and does not travel with the team.

School officials said Tuesday that players would be available only to talk about football matters and not the court case. Bohl said he did not expect the charges to be a distraction to the defending Football Championship Subdivision champions.
Yesterday NDSU football coach Craig Bohl said he had known about the ongoing investigation for some time now and none of the players that are involved in the voter fraud scandal will be suspended until after they get their day in court – if ever – honestly, I wouldn't count on any disciplinary action coming from this coaching staff. Of course most of us know, this will probably never hit the court room while the Thundering Herd is playing during the 2012 season, so basically this will be brushed under the table.

If the four are starters – junior running back Samuel Ojuri, junior defensive backs Marcus Williams and Brendin Pierre, and junior offensive lineman Josh Colville are to suffer any consequences they will be minor and come during the offseason when no one is paying attention.

Links to the Story

NDSU football has 8 players under voter fraud investigation - Detroit Lakes on-line

Charges against 8 Bison football players expected in voter fraud case that kills two ballot measures - Fargo Forum

Eight NDSU football players facing fraud charges - StarTribune

Eight NDSU football players face petition fraud charges - Argus Leader

Voter Fraud: Bison players among 11 facing voter fraud charges - Jamestown Sun

Bohl: All eight Bison players charged with voting fraud still on team, will have their day in court - Dickenson Press

8 NDSU football players charged in petition fraud - Minot Daily News

8 NDSU players charged with petition fraud - Yahoo Sports

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