Jeff Kolpack

  • Sports
    The theory of the program’s decline

    The subject of the women’s basketball program came up in my retirement discussion with Lynn Dorn the other day, while over coffee at the Memorial Union. Obviously it was the source of pride at the university for many years with its five Division II national championships in the 1990s. Naturally, the next...

  • Sports
    Return of Johnson adds to class consistency of offensive line

    Contrary to some opinions, NDSU isn’t scheduling spring football practices at 7:15 a.m. to keep the night-owl TV folks from not sleeping much. It just happens to be the best time where the most players don’t have class. Head coach Chris Klieman said a lot of players have class from 3 to...

  • Men's Basketball
    Giacoletti on Gonzaga: it starts with Few

    Some of the stats just jump out at you when it comes to the Gonzaga basketball program: 17 straight NCAA tournament berths, the all-time winning percentage leader among head coaches in Mark Few (.810), the top-ranked field goal shooting team in the country at 52 percent and six players that average at...

  • Men's Basketball
    There is no arguing the Bison intangible

    NDSU returned home around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, and apparently some of the players went to class not too many hours later. Such is the life of a student-athlete. I had SDSU pegged as at least an eight-point favorite and I still think if they played that game 10 times, the Jacks...

  • Men's Basketball
    Bison-Oral Roberts one-man postgame show

    NDSU came up short today, literally. Oral Roberts’ 6-7 Vicky McIntyre was dominant in ending the Bison’s season 71-58 in the first round of the Summit League women’s tournament. It was the seventh straight tourney loss for NDSU, which has won just once since joining the league.

  • Men's Basketball
    Handicapping the Summit: Fifth-seeded USD will win it

    It was about this time last year when the Summit League men’s basketball tournament looked to be NDSU’s to lose. The Bison had the Summit Player of the Year in Taylor Braun, South Dakota State no longer had Nate Wolters and the Bison had the veteran team with the veteran center (Marshall...

  • Men's Basketball
    Bottom line: Bison need a win, and help from the Coyotes

    Once again, NDSU could be involved in a regular season league tiebreaker situation, only this time, there’s more on the line. Recall in November when the Bison football team got the Missouri Valley Football Conference autobid after finishing tied with Illinois State, a team it did not play. The Valley tiebreaking procedures...

  • Men's Basketball
    Last home games for L.A.? Hard to believe

    Hard to believe that Lawrence Alexander is down to his final two games at home. One thing about a nine-team league, the home games go fast. Today at practice, junior forward Kory Brown was asked about IPFW being L.A.’s last game in Fargo. “It’s sad that it’s L.A.’s last game here at...

  • Men's Basketball
    West Carolina departure Part II: There are no cheap options anymore

    NDSU leads the country in FCS national titles in the last few years. And the Bison probably lead in the number of buyouts it’s had to endure. First it was Montana State that pulled out of a 2013 game and now Western Carolina said goodbye to a 2016 game at the Fargodome....

  • Men's Basketball
    Woodside is 1A. But is Lawrence Alexander approaching 1B? Or 1A-minus?

    I have a story addressing this issue going in Thursday’s newspaper, but one of the factors that has helped the Bison men to a 13-7 record despite not having a very deep roster is an adjustment in how head coach Dave Richman is handling the practice schedule. He’s not beating them up....

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