Jeff Kolpack

  • Sports
    Bison scrimmage: score a victory for the offense

    The offense is ahead of the defense, that much is certain of today’s first scrimmage of NDSU spring football. It also was to be expected considering the Bison lost some heavy hitters on defense from last year. “We weren’t as sharp defensively but give credit to the offense,” said head coach Chris...

  • Sports
    Even the quarterbacks subject to getting pancaked this spring

    It was last year in spring football when there seemingly were more starters held out than starters on the field. It was a result of two things: a lot of “maintenance” type surgeries that several players underwent — like bad shoulders — and a group of players that played the equivalent of...

  • Sports
    It’s a running back committee of three members now

      After six practices, it’s becoming obvious the Bison will go with a three-man backfield rotation for the remainder of spring practice and most likely into fall camp. The emergence of freshman Lance Dunn (story in Thursday’s Forum) is the biggest reason for the committee approach to tailback. On that note, it...

  • Sports
    Big spring for Bison to establish competency at safety and OLB

    It’s been interesting to see the new coaching staff taking shape and the philosophies of new head coach Bob Stitt at the University of Montana. Lately, some NFL teams have been paying attention to what’s going on with the Grizzlies with Minnesota Vikings quarterback coach Scott Turner even traveling to Missoula to...

  • Sports
    Kolpack & No-Izzo

    The lineup of guests for Kolpack & Izzo Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. on WDAY AM-970, WDAY.com or the smartphone app. (No Izzo, Big E taking his place and the Beltmaster promises to bring a hard edge): 9:32 a.m.: NDSU offensive line coach Conor Riley. 10:05 a.m.: Lynn Dorn in studio. 10:32:...

  • 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.

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