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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 08 2013

NDSU, UND football rematch not likely, even though both have same open date next fall

FARGO – North Dakota State is moving ahead with the idea Western Carolina will not be a part of next year’s football schedule on Sept. 21. As for a potential replacement, it’s doubtful it will be the University of North Dakota.

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said “not right now” when asked if UND could be a possibility.

The Bison open the 2013 season at Kansas State and host Montana State the following week. Kansas State played in the Fiesta Bowl and Montana State was a highly ranked Division I Football Championship Subdivision team all season.

“Right now, we’re looking for a type of opponent based on Kansas State and Montana State,” Taylor said.

UND athletic director Brian Faison said the thought of scheduling NDSU is currently a moot point because it does not officially have a schedule opening.

“But we would be willing to talk,” he said.

UND has 11 games and Faison said he is comfortable with the current setup and is not actively looking for a 12th opponent. Teams are allowed 12 games next year because of the way the calendar is set up.

Taylor said NDSU’s decision about a possible 12th game will be made after it solidifies its 11th game. He said the best scenario to add a game would be if the Bison already had six home games set for 2013. NDSU would consider going on the road for a 12th game in a home-and-home contract of an opponent willing to return to Fargo in a future year.

He said the last communication with Western Carolina indicated the Catamounts were either going to buy the game out for $150,000 or try and get the game moved to another year. The school, which has yet to post its 2013 schedule, has apparently scheduled at least two games with FBS opponents next year.

The Catamounts played national champion Alabama and Marshall this season.

NDSU receives vote

in final FBS top 25 poll

NDSU received one vote in the final Associated Press Division I Football Bowl Subdivision top 25 poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Bison were one of just 11 teams who also received votes outside of the top 25.

Wisconsin was the next team with six votes.

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle voted NDSU 25th – the second consecutive year he gave the Bison an FBS vote. Ratto also put Appalachian State in his final top 25 the year the Mountaineers beat Michigan.

National champion Alabama received all 59 first-place votes. By virtue of the FCS playoff system, NDSU had the most victories of anybody who got a vote with its 14-1 record. The Crimson Tide were next with 13 wins.

If the USA Today Sagarin ratings were taken into account, it’s not that outlandish that NDSU would get a vote. The Bison finished 35th, ahead in the Sagarin of 18th-ranked Boise State and 22nd-ranked Northern Illinois.

NDSU’s performance probably helped leap the Missouri Valley Football Conference ahead of the FBS Mountain West Conference in the Sagarin league ratings. The Bison defeated Mountain West member Colorado State in the second game of the season.

Bison fan grateful for celebratory Bison fans

The final gun sounded for the FCS title win over Sam Houston State and hordes of Bison fans rushed the football field at FC Dallas Stadium last Saturday in Frisco. Jim Laschkewitsch of Fargo and his family were among them.

While running onto the field with his sons Adam and Nick, Jim lost his wallet – something he realized later at a restaurant. Not large on confidence that it would be found, he went back to the stadium to check it out anyway.

“I made it back to the stadium in about 30 minutes through the massive traffic jam,” Jim said. “At the stadium, I found an older gentleman locking up all the gates and he directed me to the security office. Their first search came back empty-handed, but they agreed to look one more place.”

It turns out somebody turned in the wallet, with every penny and cards intact.

“There has to be some Bison fan out there who deserves our thanks,” said Jim, a 1988 NDSU graduate.

Bohl receives AFCA Coach of the Year award

NDSU head coach Craig Bohl, in Nashville, Tenn., for the American Football Coaches Association convention, received the AFCA FCS Coach of the Year award Tuesday night.

Also honored was a former Bison assistant coach. St. Thomas University (Minn.) head coach Glenn Caruso received the same award in NCAA Division III.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia