Stop me if you’ve heard this before; but it appears that NDSU and UND won’t be playing football anytime soon…again. Report out today that both Gene Taylor and Brian Faison were trading emails about playing; with a new twist that Taylor proposed playing two games both in Fargo in 2015 and 2017.
Faison and UND said that would not work for them, Taylor then offered one game for 2015, between 175 and 190 thousand which also was rejected by UND. I have blogging about this topic longer than I can remember, with each time getting roasted by NDSU and UND fans to forget it, to stop trying to start something that not’s there, but evidently there is something there.
I tweeted about September 19th, 2015 last June:
— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) June 19, 2013
This appears shortsighted in my mind on UND’s account; I understand they would want a game in Grand Forks back, but why not play the game just to re-start things? Right now NDSU football dominates this state; UND is an afterthought; the biggest thing to get people excited about UND football would be a game against NDSU, not against San Jose State, Utah or Washington respectively.
NDSU fans have blasted me each and every time I’ve brought this up, but now the stubbornness on each side has worn thin, I understand that UND started this by refusing to play the Bison when NDSU decided to move up, but we’re into a second decade of not playing the best rivalry in the state, and with things looking bleak, we could be well into 15 years before they play. Again I urge all parties to at least come to some common ground and make this happen, even if it is one game.