No Sunday Night Ramblings tonight, but had a few things I wanted to share, first NDSU lost one of it’s football founders tonight in Dr. Denis “Izzy” Isrow, I only met Izzy once but I know he was one of the most well-respected men on the NDSU campus and I’m sure Jeff will have more on Izzy later this week in the paper.
As we start the now 3 week buildup to the National Championship Game in Frisco, each team knows exactly how to prepare for what’s to come down in Texas. NDSU will give its players some time off before starting the grind, I already know the coaching staff hasn’t missed a beat already out recruiting trying to finish up the 2013 class. I have been told that NDSU will be the ROAD team for the title game, there was a coin flip held before the semifinal round, Sam Houston State won that, meaning that likely the Bison will not wear their gold jerseys as they’ve done all playoffs long and wore in last year’s title game, it appears they’ll be in their customary road whites. More on that when it becomes available. Tonight I dug up some preseason stuff I did both for TV and the radio with each team previewing the season and seems fitting to look back tonight, so for your enjoyment or distraction, here’s my preseason interview with Craig Bohl talking about expectations and SHSU Head Coach Willie Fritz about getting back to Frisco from Dizzo’s Den.
As far as looking ahead, tomorrow or later this week could be a huge day in college basketball circles, already we’ve seen the 7 non-football schools break away from the Big East to start their own league and more are certain to follow, watch for Butler, Xavier and St. Louis just to name a few. There’s also one another huge school to look for and that’s Creighton. The Missouri Valley Presidents were holding a conference call tonight to address what will happen if the Blue Jays decide to leave, which would seriously hurt the MVC, they are a known commodity nationally. Several reports I’ve seen has 3 schools already lining up for the Valley from VCU to Illinois-Chicago to Oral Roberts. ORU may fit the best, the two sports the Valley is traditionally good in are basketball and baseball and those fit ORU to a tee. I have to believe NDSU is somewhere on the Valley’s radar screen and a 2nd title game appearance has to help, but I just dont know how high they are on it. This article explains the presidents meeting this weekend. Much more on the title game coming later this week, doing some re-charging tonight!