Well folks it’s been some kind of ride; what a terrific team performance from NDSU today in a dismantling of Sam Houston State to win the program’s 10th national championship and 2nd straight. This group found different things to motivate them from not being the consensus number one preseason pick to the loss to Indiana State, to having to play South Dakota State again in the playoffs to again facing the same team for the national championship and rose to each challenge. Join Eric, Jeff and I as we recap the game and put a bow on a terrific year of coverage of the 2012 team, we appreciate your faithful viewership of the blog and thanks to everyone who came up and said hello to us over the past 4 days!
Game day is here folks as the throng of NDSU fans have made it to Frisco, I think I met half of them last night at the Pep Rally at the baseball stadium. It’s going to be a great game, two evenly matched teams with terrific players on each side, please enjoy our final pregame show of the season, including plenty of props with Jeff, E and I! And includes comments from NDSU Head Coach Craig Bohl.
Welcome back everyone to Frisco, Day 2 is halfway done, NDSU held its practice this morning, Sam Houston State goes in a couple hours, we’ll hear from the Bearkats tonight on our 10:20 sports and in tomorrow’s paper, Jeff, E and I talk about Grant Olson’s health, Andre Martin’s presence and why Kolpack wasn’t in the team photo!
Well hello everyone from the Lone Star State, word of advice, bring a coat, it’s cold down here, much colder than last year. Each of the teams are here and ready to go the official media activities start tomorrow and we’ll be ready for full coverage. Just a heads up on a piece of information, NDSU AD Gene Taylor told me tonight it looks highly unlikely that Western Carolina will come to Fargo next September 21st; meaning the Bison now need to replace that game, it’s worth noting that the University of North Dakota has that as an open date for next season. You may begin.
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!
On the eve of one of the biggest games in Bison football history, I thought it was interesting to note that NDSU has history with the other 3 semifinalists in a rather large way, and it happened in a short time, which makes it even more impressive.
Georgia Southern – This one speaks for itself obviously with last year’s game in Fargo and with the result sending a message to the rest of FCS that NDSU is for real and here to stay. Overlooked though was the first game the two teams played in 2006, when the Bison dominated GSU in Statesboro as well, part of another 10-1 season then.
Sam Houston State - The national championship game will stand out for everyone for a long time especially with NDSU’s defensive performance in that game, but the previous two games between the two teams were also hearstoppers, the 2007 game here in Fargo may have been the most exciting game in Dome history and the 2009 game in Hunstville could be described as one of the worst defensive performances in Bison history, it’s been a long time since anyone came close to 600 total yards against NDSU like the Bearkats did that day.
Eastern Washington - I’ve seen 6 years of Bison football and next to the 2007 SHSU game, the Eastern game was by far the most exciting game I’ve seen. Add to it it was a playoff game with a Bison team that barely snuck into the playoffs, had already won 2 games and it seemed like it was playing its best football of the season. The game had everything you could want, blocked field goals, 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns, a pick 6, a comeback, snow and a controversial ending. To go on top of it the game was played on a red football field. I have a sneaking suspicioun that if the Bison win tomorrow night that the fans would like to see Eastern Washington in Frisco.
If there’s another common theme among these four teams, it’s stability and great recruiting. These teams are built for the long haul and are set up to be making repeat trips to the final four and championship games for the next few years.
Join WDAY 6 Sports Director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack and Eric Peterson break down NDSU’s 17-6 win over Sam Houston State for the school’s 9th National Championship. Also, just wanted to send a personal thank you to everyone that watched the Video Blog during the football season and read Jeff and I’s posts and to everyone that came up to us in Frisco and thanked us, that was fantastic,
appreciate it, and look forward to bringing you more coverage in 2012!
WDAY 6 Sports Director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack are joined by a special guest as they break down the Sam Houston State media barrage and what Frisco is offering fans.
Hello from Frisco everyone, hope you enjoyed our coverage on WDAY and in The Forum, plenty more to come, but here’s day 1 of our Video Blog, along with Mr. Kolpack’s attire!