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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 02 2013

Routine makes for busy first day in Frisco

FRISCO, Texas – It’s an exercise in organization. North Dakota State wasted little time from the moment it left Hector International Airport until it hit the practice field Wednesday afternoon in Frisco.

The Bison went from a charter plane at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, to waiting for busses for a 40-minute drive to the Westin Stonebriar hotel in Frisco.

Once there, amid a local welcoming committee that piped in a school anthem, they picked up their room keys that were listed alphabetically on a table. The players quickly dropped off their bags in their rooms and were in a hotel conference room for lunch within minutes.

“We’re on a routine, so we’re excited about being here,” said head coach Craig Bohl. “I think we’re in a phase of just getting ready for a football game.”

The Bison play Sam Houston State on Saturday in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game at FCS Dallas Stadium.

NDSU’s practice at an adjacent practice field lasted just over an hour. It was closed to the public, but there wasn’t much pad-popping.

“We’re really in a rehearsal mode,” Bohl said. “A lot of it is just getting acclimated to the grass down here. We have the great lion’s share of work already done. We just need to dust off some rusty edges.”

Olson makes trip, still slated to play

As expected, NDSU linebacker Grant Olson made the trip after spending time in a Fargo hospital earlier in the week to address an apparent appendix problem. He did not have surgery.

Bohl said the junior is still listed as probable to play against the Bearkats.

“I think he’s doing well,” he said. “I’m not a doctor, but he says he’s feeling better, so certainly they’re going to be monitoring his progress the whole time. From what I understand, things are projected to improve each day.”

Olson is the team’s leading tackler with 146 stops, including a school-record 29 in one game in a quarterfinal win over Wofford College. The NDSU team season record is 167 set by Jim Dick in 1985.

Bison players were not available for media interviews until today.

Etc. etc. etc.

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said he doesn’t expect Western Carolina to honor a scheduling agreement next fall for Sept. 21 at the Fargodome, which would cost the school a $150,000 buyout. The Catamounts, who were 1-10 this season, have two games already against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. Taylor said NDSU is looking for an 11th opponent. … Sam Houston arrived in Frisco on Wednesday evening and did not practice in Frisco. The team is staying at the Embassy Suites, the same hotel NDSU stayed at last year.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia