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Published January 03 2013

Forum editorial: Big day in Frisco for Bison

Whatever the outcome of Saturday’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision game between North Dakota State University and Sam Houston State University of Texas, this much is certain: The NDSU Bison football program has evolved from a very good one into one of the best – if not the best – in its division. The 10 years of the coach Craig Bohl era have been the most successful ever, as determined by almost every measure of a collegiate sports program.

Bohl, who just signed a long-term contract extension with NDSU, has built the football program into arguably the best show in town. It certainly will be the best show in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, when the Bison take on the Bearkats in a rematch of last year’s FCS championship game. The Bison won that one.

Bohl is first to emphasize that the Bison’s success can’t be attributed to him alone. He said without a supportive university and a community that is Bisonville in every way, the program could not have flourished. The Fargodome has gained a reputation as one of the best venues of its kind for FCS football. An ever-growing fan base (the dome is a huge factor) is among the most enthusiastic in the nation. Just ask the coaches of teams that have had to endure the power of a Bison crowd in the dome. Add the excellent recruiting of top prep players by Bohl and his coaching staff, and Bison football has gotten stronger and stronger, the program’s reputation more widely known.

The FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco again hosts the championship game between the same two teams. By all accounts, some 10,000 Bison fans will be on hand, which represents about half the stadium’s seating capacity. That’s amazing, and it certainly sends a signal to the Texas team that Bison football is taken very seriously up north.

Here’s to a good game. And here’s a hope, based on a great season thus far, that the Bison again will bring home the crown.


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