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A rare blemish on an otherwise stellar Saturday for the UND football team was a knee injury to starting outside linebacker Tanner Palmborg. On Monday, UND coach Bubba Schweigert confirmed the negative outlook. "It's not official but it doesn't look good," Schweigert said. "It looks like it's going to be long term. We'll know more (Tuesday) exactly what it is." The Fighting Hawks, who are one spot outside the STATS FCS Top 25 media poll, will be without Palmborg when UND travels to Sacramento State for an 8 p.m. Saturday kickoff.
The Montana football program has blown out UND twice in the past three years, so the last thing the Fighting Hawks wanted to see was the Griz coming to Grand Forks this weekend with any extra motivation or incentive. Thanks, Portland State. Portland State, expected to finish near the bottom of the Big Sky Conference standings, pulled off a surprising 22-20 upset of the Griz on homecoming in front of more than 25,000 last Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula.
Events in UND's new indoor practice facility are going to be more fan-friendly in 2019. The school has begun to prepare the High Performance Center for construction of permanent bleachers after the Alumni Association recently secured $700,000 in donations for the project. "We're excited about it, for sure," UND athletic director Bill Chaves said. "Give tons of credit to Mike Mannausau, Steve Brekke, their (Alumni Association) team and all of our donors who made this happen. "We know how important that facility has been for our various programs. This puts a bow on it."
GRAND FORKS—Supporters of University of North Dakota athletics remember Phil Jackson as the school's most prominent basketball alum. Jackson, who was awarded the Sioux Award on Thursday night, Sept. 20, at the Alerus Center, played for the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets and coached the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers before serving as the Knicks' team president. A pair of multi-sport UND teammates, however, remember the wild-throwing, lanky left-hander from Williston who played at the old, then-isolated UND baseball field.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The University of North Dakota football team went to the Lone Star State and picked up one of the program's biggest wins in the Division I era with a 24-23 victory over No. 5 Sam Houston State on Saturday night at Bowers Stadium. Here are five things you might not have noticed. 1. UND offensive line does a shuffle UND had to change the starting lineup on the offensive line for the first time this season.
Former UND star guard Geno Crandall has made his first public comments since Gonzaga removed his name from its online roster in late August. Just a few days after Gonzaga removed Crandall from the roster and triggered concern from Bulldogs' fans, he was confirmed as still enrolled at UND. Now, Crandall has claimed on a podcast he'll enroll at the basketball power in Spokane, Wash., in October.
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."