Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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GRAND FORKS—Warren Taylor stood on the Memorial Stadium artificial turf Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, holding his University of North Dakota football shoulder pads and helmet under his arm. It's the first football uniform he's ever had. The only pads he's ever put on were borrowed from a friend who played NCAA Division III football.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota football team made it to Media Day on Monday, Aug. 6, mostly healthy. That shouldn't be a noteworthy accomplishment as the annual event at the Alerus Center takes place in early August. But after the way the 2017 season unfolded, staying healthy through Media Day is a significant achievement. The Fighting Hawks are hoping a healthier roster, as well as some notable additions through recruiting, will allow UND to return to the status of playoff contender.
GRAND FORKS—During the 2017 college football season, the Miami Hurricanes started a phenomenon called the Turnover Chain, where defensive players would wear a gold necklace with the school's 'U' logo after picking off a pass or recovering a fumble. On the University of North Dakota football team's first day of fall practice Thursday morning, Aug. 2, at Memorial Stadium, the Fighting Hawks debuted their yet-to-be-named version of the Turnover Chain. The Turnover Dunk, perhaps?
GRAND FORKS—On his way to Latvia on Tuesday afternoon, July 31, University of North Dakota men's basketball coach Brian Jones marveled about technology such as Skype and Viber that aid in long-distance communication. "It's amazing how small the world is now with these phones," said Jones, who has added three European recruits this offseason. "I'm so impressed with their English. The good thing is that basketball is basketball—it's the same language."
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's basketball program has started to test the international waters by announcing on Thursday, July 19, the addition of two foreign players to the roster for the 2018-19 season, including the son of a former NBA player. UND has added Davids Atelbauers and Filip Rebraca, resulting in three European additions during this off season. They join France's Marko Coudreau who signed in May.
HoopDirt, a popular website that follows basketball coaching transactions, is reporting UND is close to hiring Nate Kaeding as director of basketball operations. Kaeding, a Fargo native and University of Mary graduate, has been with the University of Sioux Falls as an assistant coach for the past six seasons. Kaeding takes over for Craig Heatherly, who was promoted to assistant coach this offseason.
A logo at center court is at the center of a feud between UND donor Kris Engelstad McGarry and UND President Mark Kennedy. In the months leading up to McGarry telling the Herald editorial board about the fractured relationship with Kennedy, the two parties disagreed over a floor marking at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, according to emails obtained by the Herald through an open records request.
GRAND FORKS -- The North Dakota University System opted Thursday to stay out of the fray between University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry. On Wednesday, McGarry, the daughter of late UND donor Ralph Engelstad, requested to meet with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board and discussed a fractured relationship between the Engelstad family and UND’s administration. On Thursday, NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and State Board of Higher Education chair Don Morton were contacted for comments.
GRAND FORKS—During a nearly 90-minute interview with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board Wednesday, May 9, Kris Engelstad McGarry—the daughter of late University of North Dakota donor Ralph Engelstad and the head of the Engelstad Family Foundation—outlined a damaged relationship with UND President Mark Kennedy. Her current discontent with the school's administration, however, isn't a result of the university's retirement of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, she said.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota cornerback Deion Harris never felt as good as he did last July, as he prepared for a senior season that was expected to be filled with NFL draft aspirations and lofty expectations for the Fighting Hawks. That all changed during a mid-July team conditioning workout at Memorial Stadium when Harris planted his foot and attempted to turn.