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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 28 2013

Kolpack: KSU football a covert operation

Fargo - The reporter got about 11 words into the question on why Kansas State didn’t release a depth chart earlier this week. About 1/16th of a second after “is that normal?” the North Dakota State head football coach jumped offsides on the remainder of the inquiry.

“Yes,” Craig Bohl said.

“Yes. Yes. Yes,” he reiterated.

That was followed by a slight pause.

“Coached eight years against these guys,” Bohl said.

The reporter, not satisfied the topic was fully answered, asked about preparation without documentation on the opposing players.

“We have a pretty good idea what they’re going to do,” Bohl said.

Friday night’s clash at

K-State will not be Bohl’s first rodeo with the Wildcats. As an assistant coach at Nebraska, he game-planned plenty against them, and that includes eight years against a Bill Snyder-coached team.

I’m not sure what’s easier to break into: Fort Knox, or the K-State football information chart.

Thanks to a Twitter connection, somebody somehow released a list of starters, but since it did not come from the university, who knows the accuracy of it. Certainly, there is no NCAA rule that stipulates a school release its starters and backups.

Maybe there should be, if nothing else, out of professional courtesy. Closing practices to media, closing this and not releasing that; at the rate college football is going – especially at the FBS level – teams will be operating under a giant dome for six days only to be seen for four hours on game day.

The modus operandi for the NDSU sports information department on Mondays is to give a news release complete with both team’s depth charts. Under K-State, it just said “TBA.”

To be announced.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything. As it turns out, that is no surprise to veteran coaches who have faced the Wildcats over the years.

“You’ll never get any information out of K-State, ever,” said Missouri State head coach Terry Allen, whose team faced the Wildcats last season. “Good luck.”

This is not to say Snyder is not a nice human being. His demeanor appears quite opposite, actually. And you have to admire the way he built a program based on discipline and respect for the rules, shunning the temptation to win quickly at all costs.

“He’s done a masterful job with it,” Allen said. “Unfortunately, I got to see it first-hand quite a few times. He’s on top of everything. He runs everything really in the athletic department and there is a total commitment by the university to the football program. You’ll see that.”

Allen’s Bears hung with K-State through three quarters before a 35-point fourth-quarter onslaught produced a 51-9 victory.

The Wildcats are good. Their head coach is in control. He’s so in control that rumor has it NDSU will have no access to finding the high temperature for Manhattan, Kan., on Friday.

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

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia