Showing posts with label UND football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UND football. Show all posts

Monday, October 10, 2016

UND 18th IN FCS Coaches Poll

Rankings - FCS Coaches Poll

Last Updated - October 10, 2016
FCS Coaches Poll

1North Dakota State (26)65015-0
2Sam Houston State61725-0
4Jacksonville State57744-1
5Eastern Washington55555-1
6James Madison50665-1
8Charleston Southern44083-2
9The Citadel43995-0
12Youngstown State361134-1
13Western Illinois301144-1
14South Dakota State299153-2
16North Carolina A&T241184-1
17Eastern Illinois207204-2
18North Dakota202214-2
20Cal Poly133223-2
21Northern Iowa128112-3
22Central Arkansas125244-1
23Grambling State67253-1
25New Hampshire51NR4-2
Others receiving votes: Stony Brook (45), McNeese State (22), South Dakota (21), Wofford (18), Southern Utah (16), South Carolina State (14), Tennessee State (12), Illinois State (9), Lehigh (8), Kennesaw State (3), Liberty (2), Monmouth (1), North Carolina Central (1), San Diego (1) 

Monday, August 08, 2016

UND 19th in FCS Poll

The University of North Dakota football teams starts the preseason ranked 19th in FCS Football.

Rankings as of 8/8/2016
3941 (152)
3636 (2)
3569 (4)
Richmond (0-0)
UNI (0-0)
Montana (0-0)
Citadel (0-0)
Colgate (0-0)
Villanova (0-0)
Towson (0-0)

Others: Youngstown State (393) , Fordham (385) , Harvard (294) , Eastern Kentucky (189) , Southern Utah (162) , Eastern Illinois (151) , Central Arkansas (136) , Duquesne (75) , Alcorn State (62) , Grambling State (59) , Weber State (49) , Penn (46) , Bethune-Cookman (43) , Wofford (43) , Dartmouth (37) , Western Carolina (36) , Liberty (36) , Lamar (28) , Montana State (26) , Delaware (25) , South Dakota (17) , Maine (14) , Dayton (10) , North Carolina Central (10) , Mercer (10) , Prairie View A&M (9) , UT Martin (7) , Samford (7) , South Carolina State (5) , Bryant (4) , Indiana State (3) , Kennesaw State (3) , Southeast Missouri State (2) , Tennessee State (2) , Stony Brook (2) , Southern Illinois (1) , San Diego (1) , Northwestern State (1) , Saint Francis U (1)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bubba ball Embraces the New Fighting Hawks Logo

I think the response to the new Fighting Hawks logo was predictable. First, no logo would ever be able to replace the Fighting Sioux logo. Some people aren't ever going to like it. Also, you can't expect everyone to like or embrace the new logo. I am still on the fence, but I don't think it would look bad on a football helmet.

That being said, some of the UND sports programs on campus are already supporting the Fighting Hawks logo. When a UND football recruit commits to UND, it's not uncommon for them to make mention of being proud to be a member of the Fighting Hawks Nation. Or something along those lines.  Today, the UND football team took that first step when head coach Bubba Schweigert announced that the new logo will, in fact, be on the football helmets when the Hawks take the field in September.

“UND football is going to embrace this logo and what it represents,” said Schweigert, adding the logo will be on the helmet for the team’s first game Sept. 1.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Your UND SID Lineup

First, I want to throw some kudos to the University of Sports Information Directors. I think they do a great job and conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism. They also serve as pseudo-therapists for the fans when the sport they work for isn't doing well.   Second, I think they’re underpaid and at times, they're underappreciated. I also think some of them take some unnecessary abuse.
Over the past few seasons, I have seen comments from fans talking how SID so and so needs to step it up. Or, SID so and so isn't doing his job. Many times, after further investigation, they're not even complaining about the right SID.
So, if you new to UND Sports, here are some of the important names you need to know. I also bolded the major sports that each SID covers.  
Media Relations
Assistant AD, Media Rel. (MHKY, XC, T/F)
Associate Director (FB, MBB, M/WGOF)
Assistant Director (SOC, WHKY, SB, TN)
Assistant Director (WBB, VB, BB, S/D)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Memo: College Kids Drink, 25 UMD Football Players Cited for Underage Drinking

For those that want to tar the two UND hockey players that were cited for underage drinking, maybe we should cut them some slack. Believe it or not, this is also an issue at other schools around the country. Even in scenic Duluth, Minnesota, college kids, including athletes were cited for underage drinking.
DULUTH, Minn. - About 25 University of Minnesota-Duluth football players were among 50 people cited for underage drinking at a party in Duluth’s East Hillside late Sunday.

Police were called to a large party at a house in the University of Minnesota Duluth area shortly before midnight Sunday, said Duluth Police Sgt. Jayme Carlson. Fifty people were cited for underage drinking, and the renter was cited for hosting the party where underage drinking occurred. All were cooperative with police, he said.

Bulldogs Coach Curt Wiese confirmed Monday evening that many — about 25 — of those cited were UMD football players.

“We did have quite a few of our players at a party last night,” Wiese said. “I’m extremely disappointed in their decision. We hold our players to a lot higher standard than these guys displayed last night.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

43 Days until the NHL season - Links...

There are 43 days until the NHL season begins.

UND football starts in two days and six - nine freshmen could end up having their red shirts pulled.

The UND football insider has the two-deep depth chart for the UND football team.

The UND Hockey team took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. To date, that's the best one that I have seen.

Apparently, the Penguins aren't in a hurry to re-sign their goalie.

Talk is starting to emerge about the NHL in Seattle.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Football single-game tickets go on sale today

Get your UND football tickets today.
Grand Forks, N.D. - With the football season less than a month away, officials from the University of North Dakota Athletics Department announced on Wednesday that single-game tickets will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 1, beginning at 10 a.m.

Additionally, UND Champions Club members can participate in a pre-sale for football single-game tickets this Thursday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Champions Club members will be e-mailed a passcode and instructions prior to the pre-sale.

Single-game ticket costs for the Robert Morris (Potato Bowl), Stony Brook, Weber State and Northern Arizona games are $15-$20 for adults and $10 for youth. Single-game tickets for the Montana (Hall of Fame) and Portland State (Homecoming) games are $20-$25 for adults and $15 for youth.

Fans looking for the best value are still encouraged to purchase season tickets, which start at just $75 for all six home games. These can be purchased online at, in person at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office, or by calling 701-777-4689.

UND Football opens the season on the road on Thursday, Aug. 28 at San Jose State (9 p.m. CT). The home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 6 as UND will take on Robert Morris in the 49th Annual Potato Bowl USA. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Alerus Center.

Tickets can be purchased at the Alerus Center Box Office, UND Box Office at Ralph Engelstad Arena or via

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Does Taylor leaving NDSU change anything?

With Gene Taylor leaving Moo-U for the University of Iowa, one has to wonder if anything will have changed? Will UND and NDSU finally get to play in football? It will be interesting to see if NDSU will continue to insist on having all of the games at the Fargo Dome. Just for the record, UND went 6-0 against NDSU in all other sports. Obviously, NDSU is at the pinnacle of the FCS football ranks right now, but it would be awesome to see the two teams play again.
Tom Miller, -- Taylor’s move to deputy director of athletics at the University of Iowa – the newly created No. 2 position in the department – also breathes new life into the negotiations for the renewal of the University of North Dakota-NDSU football game.

The UND-Bison football rivalry has been on hold since 2003, when NDSU made the move up from Division II and UND stayed behind until joining the Division I ranks in 2007.

The recent negotiations between UND athletic director Brian Faison and Taylor certainly seemed to be at a stalemate, as was revealed by the Grand Forks Herald during an open records request of their email exchanges last month.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert named head coach of North Dakota football program

Merry Christmas from Goon's World, UND has a new football coach...

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Athletics Director Brian Faison announced on Tuesday that Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert has been named head football coach at the University of North Dakota.

Schweigert will be formally introduced as the 26th head coach in UND history at a press conference on Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Alerus Center. The Zeeland, N.D., native returns to Grand Forks after 10 years away from a program that he helped lead to the 2001 NCAA Division II national title as defensive coordinator.

Most recently, Schweigert was the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois for the previous six seasons (2008-13) and served as associate head coach for the last five of that stretch. His 2010 defense led the Missouri Valley in total defense and his unit finished in the top half of the league in four of his six campaigns at SIU.

In his six seasons at SIU, Schweigert has had three first team All-Americans and 20 all-conference selections (10 first team, six second team, four honorable mention). His defensive standouts have included linebacker and 2012 graduate Jayson DiManche, currently playing for Cincinnati Bengals, and cornerback Korey Lindsey, a three-time All-American and a 2011 draft pick of the Bengals. In 2013, SIU linebacker Bryan Presume earned first team All-MVFC honors after ranking third in the league with 104 tackles. His 55 solo stops were tops in the conference.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the University of North Dakota as its head football coach,” said Schweigert. “I am looking forward to hiring a staff and building a program that will represent UND in a first-class manner, both on and off the field.

“We will put forth great effort to facilitate positive relations with fans, alumni, the community and the student body,” Schweigert added. “We look forward to playing exciting championship football in front of thousands of loyal fans as we strive to win the Big Sky Conference championship and, ultimately, reach the pinnacle of FCS football.”  

Prior to reuniting with head coach Dale Lennon at SIU, Schweigert took on his first head coaching job at the collegiate level, leading the Division II program at Minnesota Duluth from 2004-07. He guided the Bulldogs to a 21-20 overall record during his tenure, including the program’s first North Central Conference title in 2005. The NCAA playoff berth that season was the program’s second in four seasons. That same season, Schweigert was also named the Northwest Region Coach of the Year and the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year for Region 5.

 This will be the second stint at UND for Schweigert. He spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in Grand Forks (1989-2003) where he was part of eight NCAA playoff teams and six NCC title squads.
Schweigert was elevated to defensive coordinator at UND prior to the 1999 season and left for Duluth after the 2003 UND team finished as national runner-up. Schweigert was named the American Football Coaches Association Division II Assistant Coach of the Year in 2000.

“Coach Schweigert brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a proven recruiter, an effective communicator and has an incredible passion for the game and for the success of his student-athletes on the field and in the classroom,” said Faison. “From defense to offense to special teams, his philosophy is great: ATTACK.”

Schweigert began his coaching career at his alma mater, now Jamestown University, from 1985-1988. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jamestown and a master’s degree from UND. In 2002, he was honored with Jamestown’s Rollie Greeno Award for outstanding commitment in the field of education and coaching.

Schweigert and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Alex and Cooper.

Friday’s press conference will be held on suite level at the Alerus Center

Saturday, November 09, 2013

UND football has hit rock bottom

I think we've hit rock bottom in Grand Forks, ND. In defense of the football team, it's a relatively nice day outside. Also, it's the deer hunting opener and a 2-7 and one win at home.
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Herald Ryan Bakken: Face it, NDSU doesn’t need UND

Okay, this sounds familiar. I have to admit that – I laugh – eventually the scandals and the failure to discipline their said athletes for these transgressions will come back to haunt them and bite them in the rear end. It's just a matter of time before this comes back and blows up in Mr. Clean's face. I mean honestly, how many of their football players have been in trouble with the law the last few years and had no form of discipline at all? So, they really don't have the moral high ground to stand on.

Hey! It is what it is, they’re the top dog right now… So, let them have their day in the sun, for now. Eventually, the two teams are going to play again. it might be a while
Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald -- When NDSU took the leap to NCAA Division I in 2004, it wanted UND to come along. But UND balked. And UND, as a Division II team, refused NDSU offers to continue the football rivalry because the Bison were able to offer more scholarships and thus have an advantage.

Then, when UND eventually followed NDSU’s upward move to D-I, NDSU athletics officials declined to add their neighbor to their schedule. The decision had the aroma of sour grapes, of payback for UND’s schedule shunning earlier.

However, now NDSU has a legitimate reason for keeping UND off its schedule: It has bigger fish to fry. After back-to-back Football Championship Subdivision national championships and a string of upsets of established Football Bowl Subdivision teams Minnesota (twice), Colorado State, Kansas and Kansas State, NDSU doesn’t need UND.

For those of you who are not convinced, answer this: If NDSU adds Division I hockey as a sport, should UND feel obligated to add the Bison to their schedule?
Of course not. Nor should NDSU be forced into a schedule not in its own interests.
There’s a whole decade of fans that haven’t been treated to this historic rivalry. The two teams haven’t played since 2003. That’s a shame in my opinion. Let’s refresh people’s memory, when the Bison moved up to Division I, UND had for the most part dominated the series between the two teams during the last 1990’s. The Nickel Trophy still resides in Grand Forks, ND.

From Sioux Sports

Trophy holder: UND won 28-21 on Oct. 18, 2003, in Grand Forks
Current streak: UND has won the last 3 nickel trophy competitions
Nickel-winning record: UND leads 35-30
All-time UND vs NDSU record: UND leads 62-45-3

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

UND Football: Lou Holtz says UND and NDSU should play each other

I would have to say that even former University of Minnesota Gopher and Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz gets it. But for some reason, the two schools can’t seem to put their differences and pride aside to make this happen.

By the way, anyone that thinks this match-up isn’t beneficial to both schools, is delusional and out of touch with reality. Also, FBI University aka FU, isn’t always going to be on top of FCS forever.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota presidents this week he can’t believe the two longtime rivals don’t play each other.

The ESPN football analyst is in Grand Forks to speak to the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting this morning. Holtz said he enjoyed having dinner Tuesday night with presidents and athletic directors from NDSU and UND.

“I just think that is insane that two great schools, 70 miles apart or so, are not playing one another,” Holtz said.

Holtz, who also coached at the University of Minnesota and in the NFL, now works as an analyst for ESPN. The cable network is bringing its GameDay pregame show to broadcast from Fargo on Saturday.

“North Dakota State can fill up the stadium anyway, but it’d be a great money-maker for both schools, I think,” Holtz said. “The Legislature needs to get involved.”

Holtz said he predicted on four shows that NDSU would beat Kansas State and called it a “no-brainer” to pick the Bison.
Begin Rant: What the hell was former UND Athletic Director Roger Thomas thinking back in the days when NDSU made the transition to FCS Football. For some reason, we’re still paying the price for this man’s short sightedness. NDSU and UND are playing in every other sport but FCS Football. I just don’t get this mind set.