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Kevin Schnepf, Published January 04 2013

NDSU stands out with its semi-trailer

FRISCO, TEXAS – Call it a mobile advertisement for North Dakota State football.

The semi-trailer that was driven from Fargo to Frisco this week not only got a few looks from motorists in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, it brought valuable equipment for three days’ worth of practices, as NDSU prepared for today’s national championship game.

“We are moving an army,” said Brian Gordon, NDSU’s director of football operations and equipment services.

On the outside, each side of the 53-foot trailer donated by GMR Transportation of West Fargo is covered with “NDSU Bison Football” lettering overlapping a giant panoramic photo of a Bison game at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

On the inside, equipment for nearly 90 players and practice equipment like medicine balls, stationary bicycles, blocking pads, time clocks and kicking nets filled the trailer from one end to the other. When the trailer hauls gear to regular-season games to South Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois and Illinois State, it is only half full.

“For the national championship game, we need to haul gear for three days’ worth of practices,” Gordon said.

Gordon said NDSU is one of the few FCS schools that has a semi-trailer to haul its equipment.

“Illinois State is the only other Missouri Valley Conference school to have a semi-trailer, and not many others in FCS have them,” Gordon said. “It’s a great asset.”

And a great advertisement.

Readers can reach Forum Sports Editor Kevin Schnepf at (701) 241-5549.

Schnepf’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com