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Jeff Kolpack, Published July 16 2010

Bison notebook: Hager still searching for job

Rocky Hager is home in New Jersey and put it this way: His lawn has never looked better.

But the former North Dakota State football coach doesn’t plan on being a front yard maintenance supervisor much longer. The question is: Will it be in football or something else?

If he decides the latter, it will be the first time since playing flag football in elementary school that Hager will not be involved in football in the fall.

“I’ve been thinking about that a lot,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll ever be prepared for it. I would say that’s not anywhere close in the top half of things I want to do.”

His Northeastern University (Mass.) program was dropped last fall and since then, Hager has entertained several job offers. They’ve ranged from coaching to motivational speaking to medical sales.

His goal of helping find all of his former Northeastern assistants positions elsewhere is complete. They’ve been hired at Rhode Island, St. Francis University (Pa.), RPI, Northern Michigan, Rutgers, Dean College (Mass.), Worcester College (Mass.) and Central Connecticut State.

There are still Huskies players, however, who have not found another place to play. And one of NDSU’s all-time winningest coaches is still looking.

“I don’t have to take just everything that comes along,” he said. “I want to be smart about the next one I say, ‘Yes,’ to.”

Anoka prep gives verbal commitment to football

NDSU football got its first verbal commitment for the 2011 recruiting class this week in safety Alex Meier from Anoka High School in the Twin Cities.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Meier had 98 tackles, forced four fumbles and had two interceptions.

“Just a very smart player and aggressive,” said Anoka head coach Jeff Buerkle. “He’s a great tackler.”

Meier attended camps this summer at Michigan State, Minnesota, Iowa and Cincinnati.

“I hadn’t heard anything from them other than they liked him,” Buerkle said.

The Bison have long had their eye on Meier, offering him a scholarship a year ago, according to Rivals.com. Buerkle said Meier could also be projected as a linebacker.

“He’s got a frame on him where you could eventually carry 235 or 240,” he said. “I think he’s a great fit for NDSU.”

Etc. etc. etc.

Bison golfer Amy Anderson was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar Team. The freshman maintained a 4.0 grade point average. … NDSU men’s basketball players Josh Vaughan, Drew Lundberg, Eric Carlson and Sam Sussenguth were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for maintaining a 3.2-or-better GPA. All four were also named to The Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. … Football players Kyle Belmont, Nick Mertens and Victor Schuring received the Missouri Valley Football Conference Presidents Council Academic Excellence Award. It requires a minimum 3.8 GPA.


Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10-11 a.m. on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia.