Maybe the University of North Dakota should have held on to the Fighting Sioux nickname after all. With the continuing bumbling of the NCAA and its fifth grade geographical knowledge, there would have been a 50 percent chance the NCAA would have sanctioned NDSU rather than UND over continued use.
This after another fiasco involving NDSU’s championship football banner. It was sent to UND. Furthermore, NCAA representative Kelly Dodds confused Brian Faison as the athletic director at NDSU. Not a good day Kelly, time to punch out and head for the local martini bar in Indianapolis.
The point of this post, however, is to further give credence to my FCS top 25 poll theory from last fall when NDSU fell from No. 6 to No. 12 despite being idle. It was the same weekend that UND lost in a close battle at Fresno State. That theory caught the ire of UND fans, who let me know about it in certain ways after UND moved up in the poll despite a loss. Again, let me point out: teams that lose to FBS teams either stay the same or move down a few slots, not move up.
If the NCAA can’t figure out NDSU and UND, surely voters from across the country who have no idea where North Dakota is in the first place could easily mix up the two. It’s the same poll that gave Missouri State University (MSU) votes on a week when Montana State University (MSU) moved down despite winning. Missouri State was 1-7. As I said last fall, I don’t care about a poll; but I do care about accuracy.