Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO—It's an old cliche of a long snapper in football that caused Ross Kennelly and his dad, Paul, to share a laugh together last Saturday. Nobody heard Ross' name being called—and that's a good thing. He was on the money with all seven extra points and each of Garret Wegner's three punts in the 49-3 season-opening victory against Cal Poly. It was the sophomore's first game as the Bison long snapper after stumbling onto the job almost by accident.
FRISCO, Texas—It's turned into the tradition within the North Dakota State FCS football tradition. Once again, former players are turning out in full force for NDSU's sixth appearance in the title game and the list includes its marquee NFL players. The Bison will go through a hour walk-through practice late Friday afternoon, Jan. 5, with the first several minutes a group hug of sorts between the alums and the current players. NDSU is expecting about 250 former players.
FARGO — It was in the year or two after Craig Bohl was hired as the North Dakota State head football coach in 2003 when the footprint for stocking his football team was obvious: Get the big guys from around here and go south to find some speed. It wasn't that cut-and-dried, of course, but when Bohl hired Reggie Moore as an assistant football coach, the No. 1 job for Reggie was to take advantage of his name recognition in the Houston area and bring some recruits north.