Mike Favor learned this morning that he’ll be the third former NDSU football player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. His first call was to his mother. His second was to his former offensive line coach Bruce Saum.
Saum, now working in the insurance and investments business in Fargo, was a graduate assistant in Favor’s first season in 1985 and his full-time coach the last three years. “Coach Saum is somebody who hasn’t got a lot of recognition for coachingÂ Bison greats,” Favor said. “I wanted to share it with him. No way would I have had the success without coach Saum.”
Favor said Saum had the perfect blend of being a technician and somebody “who you wanted to give your best for.”
Favor isÂ the principal at Robbinsdale Cooper HighÂ School in the Twin Cities. He’s in the process of writing his dissertation for his doctorate in education from St. Cloud State.
“I’ll be Dr. Spank, huh?” he said, referring to his longstanding nickname.