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The University of North Dakota athletic department announced Tuesday, April 12, that it will eliminate baseball and men’s golf effective next season. UND athletic director Brian Faison made the announcement in an email. It came a day after UND honored its national championship men’s hockey team at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The cuts in the athletic department resulted because UND needs to trim approximately $12.6 million from its budget as state revenue forecasts are lower than expected due to falling oil and commodity prices.
Midway through the 2014 season, Joe Mollberg limped the field at Eccles Coliseum in Cedar City, Utah, with a torn Achilles heel—perhaps the worst injury in any sport. Mollberg was UND's quarterback; he was in his second season as the Fighting Hawks' starter and—to that point—had thrown for 2,648 yards and 10 touchdowns. The severity of the injury cast doubt whether Mollberg would ever play football again. But Mollberg, a celebrated athlete out of Detroit Lakes, Minn., erased any doubt.
Under a sunny sky and a near-perfect temperature, UND opened its 2015 fall football camp Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium. No player, though, perhaps was as happy to be back on the field than quarterback Joe Mollberg, who is coming back from a torn Achilles -- one of the worst injury in sports. “After an injury like that, smaller things become blessings,” said Mollberg. “I’m really glad to be back out there. I’m looking forward to having fun this year and doing whatever I can to help the team.”
CEDAR CITY, Utah — It was a bright, sunny day at Eccels Coliseum — one of the more scenic venues in the Big Sky Conference. Sustained southerly winds, however, were blowing between 25 and 35 mph, with an occasional gust in the 40s. UND didn’t handle the wind well. That was one problem.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A six-minute fireworks display followed San Jose State’s 42-10 win over UND on Thursday night, a light show that followed the Spartans lighting up its opponent earlier on the football field. The Bubba Schweigert era at UND came against an opponent that gained control early and never let up before more than 12,000 fans at Spartan Stadium on a beautiful California evening.
Joe Mollberg and Ryan Bartels are entering their third fall camp at UND. Since their arrival as true freshmen, it’s been hard to separate the two. Both have done enough — in practices and in games last season as redshirt freshmen — to be considered for the No. 1 quarterback at UND this season as the program prepares for its third year in the Big Sky Conference. Like the 2013 fall camp, however, a decision on who starts the opener Aug.
Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill didn’t go back to his small Kansas hometown Monday. But Argyle was close enough. And the Gophers coach said he felt like he was once again back home in Cheney, Kan., population 2,060. Kill made an appearance in Argyle, population 639. Hundreds turned out to meet the Minnesota coach on a sunny, warm afternoon called “Jerrysota Day” that not only promoted Gophers football, but also served as a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and for the American Cancer Society – Relay for Life, “I’m a small-town guy, and this reminds me of Cheney.
A year ago, the majority of discussion regarding University of North Dakota football centered on the starting quarterback. Detroit Lakes’ own Joe Mollberg and Ryan Bartels – both redshirt freshmen – went through spring ball and fall camp neck-and-neck to see who would start at quarterback.
Ten years to the day that he left the University of North Dakota football program, Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert is returning to Memorial Stadium. Last Tuesday, UND announced that Schweigert will become the 26th coach in school history. He’ll take over for Chris Mussman, whose contract was not renewed by North Dakota in November. Schweigert returns to Grand Forks from Southern Illinois, where he was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for the past six seasons.