A couple quick items

— Saw Cole Frenzel today. He is still deciding on whether he wants to go to Green Bay or Dodge City to play his summer baseball. He doesn’t have much time left to decide, however, and said he’ll make a choice soon. He also has little to no scaring on his surgically repaired right hand.

— Ross Kovacs said he’ll report to the Motor City Metal Jackets of the North American Hockey League in July for their camp. Kovacs was drafted by the Metal Jackets of Trenton, Mich., after playing for the Russell Stover Stars Midget-AAA hockey team in Kansas.

— As of Monday, Dickinson State softball coach Kristen Fleury still hasn’t had her interim tag lifted (I’m thinking if that happens we’ll see it sometime, oh let’s say, before July 16) but she has signed a handful of recruits. I’m working on a story for Wednesday.

— DSU is now the only Dakota Athletic Conference school looking for an athletic director now. Valley City State has hired Jack Denholm, who was most recently the athletic director and dean of student services at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

— Speaking of the DAC, I spoke with Rapid City Journal Sports Editor Andrew Cutler today for a minute about when the NCAA is expected to announce whether or not Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines have been accepted into Division II. Cutler said he has been told that the two are supposed to find out in “mid-July.” Last year, it was July 10 when Minot State and Sioux Falls were announced D-II transition members.

— Some of you may remember when Teri Finneman was a reporter for The Dickinson Press. She then moved on our parent newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. She left there to go to grad school and worked for ABC News for a time. Finneman, a Hazen native, is now back with Forum Communications Company as a multimedia correspondent based out of Bismarck. You’ll see her stories in our newspaper and on our website. But be sure to follow her blog at www.areavoices.com/northdakota.

— MMA writer Kevin Iole at Yahoo! Sports has a good interview with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar takes on Shane Carwin for the UFC Heavyweight title on Saturday.

— FIFA needs to listen to Jurgen Klinsmann and allow soccer to enter the 21st century. See video below.


Old basketball gyms are a treasure

I went to Regent this weekend for the Regent Centennial celebration and school reunion. I reminisced, partied and had a good time with old friends I hadn’t seen in a while. Regent did a great job with their reunion, especially one aspect — opening up the old three-story schoolhouse for self-guided tours.

I attended kindergarten through six grade in the old schoolhouse. I don’t know when it was, but I remember it being very early in life when I learned about “the old gym.”

Now for a school with probably 100 students top to bottom and in a town of about 300 (at the time), Regent had a very respectable basketball gymnasium. Of course, basketball was and will always be king in the town since that was the longest-running and most successful sport Regent had without a co-op with another school. Through the 70s, 80s and 90s, Regent had very good basketball teams. I played elementary ball there and remember growing up watching my brothers and their friends play on the varsity teams in the late 80s and early 90s alongside my friend and classmate Jaden Honeyman, who was the son of Rangers head coach Curt Honeyman. Heck, I even watched the District 24 quarterfinal game in Bowman between Hettinger and Regent that had the final score of 4-2 in the Black Devils’ favor.

What everybody who ever went to Regent at any time remembers, however, is the shroud of mystery around “the old gym.” It was off limits. It was dark. It was creepy. It was scary.

Now, when Regent built the new high school in the early 60s, it effectively ended the days of playing in the small, sunken, cement gym shown above.

My grandfather, who graduated from Regent in 1938, didn’t play basketball — he was a baseball guy and a farm kid who lived 17 miles outside of town — but he remembers watching games in the gym when it was packed full. That, it seems, wouldn’t be too hard to accomplish.

Regent’s gym truly is a great find. Not many of these old schools kept their tiny old gymnasiums intact. While Regent’s is damp, dark and probably abundant with mold, it’s still fun to check out. I was one of the few people to brave the steep and cracking stairs — with no railings, mind you — and see what it was like to be on the floor and in the locker rooms. My 5-year-old nephew who was checking out the gym with me got a little freaked out when I did that. He stayed up top with a couple people and made sure to tell me a few times that what I was doing “doesn’t seem safe.” Heck, it was so dark in there that I took several pictures with my personal point-and-shoot camera and many of them didn’t turn out. Like this one, which even Photoshop gave up on.

It truly makes you think how good we have it these days with our heated and air-conditioned facilities with nice bleachers and electronic scoreboards. Just remember those who were around in the 1920s when basketball in our area was just getting going were watching games in underground, cement facilities that probably weren’t as safe as their authority figures told them they were.

I don’t know when, but some day in my lifetime the old Regent schoolhouse — which was built in the 1910s shortly after the town was founded — will succumb to age and either be torn down or blown down. Then, the place where I attended grade school and those in my grandfather’s generation played their basketball games will be gone forever and one more of these historic basketball courts will vanish.

If you have any pictures of these old basketball gymnasiums — some of you Rhame alums must have something of The Pirate Pit and I’m betting the Mott St. Vincent’s crowd has something on the dungeon, as I called it, where we played grade school hoops — send them to me at dmonke@thedickinsonpress.com and I’ll make sure to include them on this blog post. Make sure to tell me where the gym is and if you have a little history on it, even better.


Is Isner-Mahut one of sport’s
most impressive events ever?

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American John Isner reacts after winning his marathon tennis match against Nicholas Mahut on Thursday at Wimbledon.

I pose a question: Do you think that the epic three-day Wimbledon tennis match between American John Isner and Nicolas Mahut of France is one of the most impressive events in the history of sports, if not the most impressive? 

Think about it … in one set, of one match, the entire world of competitive sport is encapsulated. Forget for a moment about all the all-time and Wimbledon records broken in the match and begin to think about the willpower, the human spirit, the drive, the endurance, whatever you want to call it, that kept those two men going. 

Back and forth they went for three days. For 11 hours and 5 minutes they battled. Tennis is a draining sport if there ever was one. Mahut reportedly played much of Wednesday and Thursday with a stomach muscle strain. It’s unreal to see how much core strength is needed to be powerful in tennis. To think that Mahut played with that pain is gutsy as hell. For me, the best and most colorful part of the match that, for the most part, was somewhat stagnant and even predictable, was Mahut diving across the court and threw his racket at the ball in a desperate attempt to return the ball late in Wednesday’s marathon.

Then on Thursday, a little less than an hour in, the 6-foot-9 American did something to turn the tide. Down 30-0 in the 137th game, Isner fought back with a 135 mph serve. He went on to win the set, going up 69-68. In the first point of the next set, Isner was inches away from going up 15-0. On the next point, Mahut overshot a return, tying it 15-15. Then came a crucial turning point as Mahut sent a return into the net as Inser fell down. If Mahut puts it over the net nicely, he wins the point. Isner goes up 30-15. Mahut wins the next point with ease, tying it 30-30. Next, Isner laced a return just inside of the line, going up 40-30 to force just the fifth match point of the set. Finally, needing just one decent return to end this marathon match, Isner came up with the one shot that had been bothering him for three days — a perfect backhand. Isner put his second return in a spot where Mahut couldn’t reach it. 70-68 Inser. The big man flopped his frame on the grass court in relief, as if to say "finally!"

The two proceeded to hug at center court as they received a standing ovation. Isner celebrated the win as if he’d just won Wimbledon and Mahut, noticeably dejected, put a towel over his head and tried to depart center court. They wouldn’t let him though. Both men and umpire Mohamed Lahyani received special awards from the All England Tennis Club and when Mahut was interviewed at center court, the fans gave him the rousing ovation he wasn’t expecting, but desperately needed. You could see the appreciation on his face when that happened although he was still visibly upset with the results, as well he should be. 

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Nicholas Mahut of France sits down after losing the longest tennis match in the sport’s history to American John Isner on Thursday at Wimbledon.

What both of these men accomplished, in the first round of Wimbledon, is bigger than winning the tournament in my mind. It’s bigger than winning any Grand Slam tournament. But where does it rank among the great events in sports history? If it’s not the biggest event ever, it’s up there. 

Well. That was pretty awesome.

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United States midfielder Landon Donovan, front left, celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal with teammates Clint Dempsey, back left, and Edson Buddle, front right, during the World Cup Group C soccer match between the United States and Algeria on Wednesday in Pretoria, South Africa.

The best word to describe Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal against Algeria just half an hour ago was, in a word, epic. If you were following my Twitter, you know that in about the 87th minute, I pretty much wrote off the U.S. and their World Cup appearance as not so much a failure, but a supreme letdown. They were only minutes away from exiting the World Cup with 0 wins, 0 losses, 3 ties, 2 disallowed good goals and a second straight group play exit. 

And then, out of the woodwork, came Donovan.

Call it karma, call it divine intervention, call it whatever you want. All we know is that the best soccer player in U.S. history came up with the biggest goal of his career in what could become known as one of the biggest goals in World Cup history. It was simply unreal. For those of you who didn’t have the fortune to see it, I’ll post a video for your enjoyment whenever somebody on YouTube decides to take care of it.

Now, the Americans advance to the Round of 16 as Group C champions, the first time they’ve done so since the first World Cup in 1930. They’ll take on the Group D runner-up (either Germany, Ghana or Serbia, that gets decided this afternoon) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will more than likely be on ABC. Be there or be square.

“The Two Escobars”: Best 30 For 30 yet?

ESPN has really hit a home run, for the most part, with its "30 For 30" series. I’ve only missed of couple of the documentaries in it and so far all of them have been good and different. Up until now, I felt that "The U" was the best. That changed Tuesday. None of these films have been quite like "The Two Escobars."

Pretty much everyone knows who Pablo Escobar was. (If you don’t, he basically was the richest, most notorious drug kingpin every to walk the Earth.) But most of you probably don’t know Andres Escobar. (Honestly, for this film, you don’t even have to.) Andres was the Columbia national soccer team’s captain during the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Columbia, an early favorite to win the Cup, was shocked in their opener against Romania. Things only compounded when Andres Escobar scored an own goal against the U.S. in the team’s second game. The U.S. went on to win and Columbia was effectively done.

Because this was the early part of the 90s, you must remember that Columbia was a mess. Pablo Escobar had been killed in December 1993 and every drug lord, thief and thug was trying to control the country. The Columbia national team returned home, shamed that it had been ousted from the World Cup in group play. Not long after, Andres Escobar was murdered outside of a bar, shot six times by an upset fan. This happened only 10 days after he scored the own goal and on the same day as the World Cup’s Round of 16 began. 

The film does a great job mixing the concurrent rise of the two Escobars from their humble beginnings and how the lives of each came to a tragic end along with digging into how drugs played a major role in Columbia soccer.

It is 2 hours long and is almost entirely subtitled. So if you can stand that, it’s well worth the time. And also, prepare yourself for some graphic images.

Ty Breuer’s CNFR-winning bareback ride

My Wednesday Rodeo Notebook will focus on Mandan brothers and bareback riders Ty Breuer and Casey Breuer winning titles on consecutive days. On Saturday night, Ty won the College National Finals Rodeo with an 82.5-point ride shown in the video below. Casey won the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association state finals with a 77-point ride on Sunday afternoon.

Ty, who is still feeling the effects of a broken right ankle suffered in February, now turns his focus back to the Pro Rodeo circuit. If you are wondering who the next great roughstock cowboy to come out of North Dakota is, just watch the video below. There’s no doubt we’ll be watching Ty ride in Las Vegas in December very soon.

Still no movement on Ternes to UWRF

A quick note on the possibility of Dickinson State athletic director Roger Ternes leaving DSU to take the same position at Wisconsin-River Falls. …

I just talked to the UWRF Sports Information Director Jim Thies and he said no decision has been made on the position, even though he and others believed it would be resolved by now. He added that the chair of the AD search committee was out of the country but that he believed the decision would be made soon.

Ternes mentioned on Friday that it may not be until the middle of this week until he knows more about the position.

Again, UWRF is an NCAA Division III school in probably what amounts to be D3′s best league, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They are making improvements all around their athletic department, including an update to their football stadium and the possibility of a major expansion to their indoor venues, which would include a grand new basketball arena. They also used to be the home to the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp, meaning they have way more football practice fields than a normal D3. 

You’ll do what we tell you and like it … is how the NBA should treat its potential draft picks

Maybe some of you have heard that, in the days leading up to the NBA draft, Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins and Georgetown center Greg Monroe have refused to work out for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the No. 4 pick in the draft. Why? Because they just don’t want to play in Minnesota. 

Now, let’s get this straight… A talented 6-foot-11 center/forward who looks to have the tools to be an NBA star and are just days away from being instant millionaires because of this supposed talent. Yet, you are willing to share with the world that you’re so immature that you are refusing to even work out for a team based solely on the fact that you don’t wanna play there (insert pouty face, sad eyes, whiny voice here). 

Here’s how it should work:

Potential draft pick: I ain’t workin’ out for you because I don’t wanna play for your crap team in your crap city I’ve never been too but I heard is cold and/or not a perfect place to live. And I worked hard to be born with genes that helped make me tall and, for the most part, athletic. Who cares if I can’t shoot the rock from outside of 5 feet!

NBA: You have to work out for any team that requests your presence. I mean, it’s 8 hours of your life. Get over it. Who knows if they’ll even like your game. You’re not God you know. You’re not perfect. Plus, we are allowing you to play in our league. It is a privilege, not a right. If you don’t think so, why don’t you ask Roy Tarpley, Gilbert Arenas and Chris Anderson?

Potential draft pick: But I wanna play in New York, Chicago or L.A. I’ll even settle for Detroit. 

NBA: You’ll go where you get drafted and like it. You’re 20 years old, so stop being a baby, be damn happy to be getting paid millions of dollars to play basketball when you haven’t done hardly anything to earn it, shut your mouth and go play for the team that takes you. You only have to be there for a few years if you don’t like it. It’s called free agency. We’ve done at least that much for you whiny little children.

Ahhh, wouldn’t that be a perfect world. But alas we live in a society where children are coddled and told they’re special every possible instance, even when they’re not being special. We also live in a society where the NBA doesn’t possess the second syllable of their sport’s namesake.

So, with that said, DeMarcus Cousins and Greg Monroe. You’re not special. If you become good NBA players, awesome and good for you. But until then, you will be treated and will act in the same manner as any other potential NBA draft pick. If Minnesota wants you to come and work out, you take the free plane ride to Minneapolis, you play some basketball for a few hours, answer some questions and then get out of there. I know you may be busy buying Bentley’s and new bling for all your buddies (on credit, undoubtedly), but you’re not in the NBA yet. So stop being babies and be happy you’re even allowed to be in the league. There’s a lot of worse things you could be doing. Like going to college still.

A 3-class plan that, dare I say it, has potential

Forum reporter Heath Hotzler, who covers North Dakota preps, has a story in today’s paper about a possible 3-class plan for basketball and volleyball that is being brought up at the North Dakota High School Activities Association board meeting Tuesday in Valley City. 

It’s actually not that bad of an idea. And that said, I’ve been a staunch opponent of the 3-class system since the day it was brought up. I think it’s all based around a lot of whining by several parties, including schools both big and small. That being said, I think that if they think they have to do this, it is a system I may actually be able to get behind in the long run. 

According to Hotzler’s story, this new idea calls for: "the current Class A set up to stay the same as a re-named Class AA. Class AA would consist of schools with enrollments of 400 or more students. The next 40 schools with the highest enrollment would make up Class A and the rest –- approximately 80 schools –- would be Class B." It would also, "which would begin on a two-year experimental basis in 2011-12."

The twist is that there would still only be two state tournaments, one Class AA and the other a combined Class A and B tournament with four teams representing region champions from each class. This would, essentially, guarantee at least 4 "small" schools reaching each state tournament.

Here is how the new small-school regions would break down for teams in The Dickinson Press coverage area and their respective regions.

Section 5: Fort Yates, Kidder County, Linton, Shiloh Christian, South Border
Section 6: Bowman County, Dickinson Trinity, Heart River, Killdeer, Watford City
Note: Hazen and Beulah would be in Region 4, Section 7 along with New Town, Stanley and Des Lacs-Burlington.

District 5:
Beach, Glen Ullin-Hebron, Flasher, Grant County, Hettinger, Mott-Regent, New England, Richardton-Taylor, Scranton, Solen-Cannonball
District 6: Center-Stanton, Garrison, Mandaree, New Salem, Parshall, Turtle Lake-Mercer, Underwood, Washburn, Wilton-Wing

For details on everything the new setup would bring, read Hotzler’s story. 

So, what do you think? Is this a good idea? Is it the best of the 3-class proposals so far? How do you think this shakes out for your schools? Is putting Watford City in a section with their closest school 80 to 90 miles away a good idea? Would District 5 be a pretty salty basketball group most years? 

Rodeo contestants honor Bauman

Rodeo can be a dangerous sport. If you’ve ever watched a minute of it, you know that. You’ve got people riding, oftentimes, ill-tempered animals and jumping off them. Accidents are bound to happen. They have happened and they’ll continue to happen as long as cowboys and cowgirls make the decision to put their bodies on the line for the love of the sport.

Another such accident happened Saturday night at the at the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association state finals in Bowman. Linton senior Jake Bauman took a nasty fall in the steer wrestling and had to be airlifted to a Bismarck hospital for surgery after breaking his femur. They put pins in his hip to fix the break. It was announced during Sunday’s short round that Bauman’s surgery turned out well and he was scheduled to head home that day. 

To pay tribune to Bauman, the 2009 boys all-around champion, many contestants put the No. 7 on their horses. No. 7 was Bauman’s back number this season. Bareback riding champion Casey Breuer used athletic tape to put a 7 on his bronc prior to his ride. He won with a 77-point ride. 

Many of the ladies painted No. 7 on the hindquarters of their horses, several of them in pink since it was "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" day in honor of rodeo’s commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness.

While Bauman is a tough cowboy and is sure to bounce back from this injury, I’m taking this opportunity to wish him a speedy and strong recovery. I hope to see you back in the arena soon. 

Mandan’s Casey Breuer rides his bronc en route to the bareback riding short-round victory and his second consecutive state title. Breuer was one of several contestants to put the No. 7 on his horse Sunday in honor of Jake Bauman, a senior from Linton who was badly injured on Saturday. 

Badlands Bowl was just about perfect


What a way to open the Badlands Activities Center!

Saturday night’s Badlands Bowl high school all-star football game was about as good as you could get when it comes to stadium openers. A 41-38 win by the “home” team, sealed in the final minutes, under the lights, in front of a couple thousand fans on the edge of their seats … priceless.

Nick Jolliffe’s goal-line interception of Shay Smithwick-Hann with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter was a dynamite way to cap a game that a couple long-time Badlands Bowl committee members were calling the best game they’ve had. This game has been going on for 17 years and it’s the closest score since 1996’s 23-22 win by North Dakota. (What do you think? Was this the best Badlands Bowl in the game’s history?)

They said just look at the records. Oh my, were there records broken in this game.

— N.D. running back Jake Miller broke a rushing yards record by another Bismarck High alumnus, Weston Dressler, with 155. He also tied a record with 3 TDs. He was the first N.D. player to score 3 TDs and the fifth overall.

— Montana WR Matt Miller, who is headed to Boise State in the fall and is definitely worthy of a Bronco jersey, had 12 receptions for 202 yards – both Bowl records. He also proved to everyone that he was the best player on the field, which is what Montana coaches said in pre-game interviews.

— This isn’t an absolute record because it’s not on the list, but pretty much everyone involved with the game believed that no team has ever intercepted six passes in the Badlands Bowl, which is exactly what North Dakota did.

— Jolliffe became the sixth player in the game’s history to intercept two passes.

— Montana broke the record for total yards (536) and passing yards (403) and Montana QB Tyler Hulse threw for 325 yards, coming close to Gary Wagner’s record of 342 set in 2005.

— Record for amazing plays. Yeah, it’s not factual by any means, but there were a ton of stud plays made in this game.

Here are a few of the awesome moments: Jake Miller tip-toeing the sideline (coming within an inch of going out of bounds) and then cutting back up field for 10 more yards for a first down, which led to his own TD run; Matt Miller tipping passes to himself to set up his own TD receptions; N.D. quarterback Esley Thorton threading the needle pretty much every time he had to; N.D. cornerback Elby Pope jumping routes perfectly and turning one of them into a 28-yard INT return for a TD and then chasing down a muffed punt near the sideline that turned the game on its head; or just big hit after big hit by defensive players on both teams.

This one was on par with any high school or college football game I’ve covered since I began reporting on games a decade ago. It had everything – amazing plays, a comeback, drama, intelligent players making smart plays (for the most part), good coaching and late-game heroics – and that’s what great games are made of. Plus, I’d be lying if I said it’s not fun to watch a team that’s been together for seven days celebrate a win like they’ve been together for seven years.

Let’s hope we get to see a few games of this caliber during this fall’s high school and college seasons.

Tuchscherer ready for UFC 116, TV debut

I had a good conversation with mixed-martial-arts fighter Chris Tuchscherer this afternoon. He’ll be fighting on a nationally televised undercard as part of UFC 116 on Saturday, July 3.

Tuchscherer, a Bowman High School graduate and a former All-American wrestler at Minnesota State Moorhead, is taking on Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub of Colorado. Their fight will be one of two undercard bouts shown live on SpikeTV (Consolidated Channel 79) as a part of the pre-fight for the main event, which is headlined by Tuchscherer’s training partner, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The SpikeTV undercard begins at 7 p.m. while the pay-per-view begins at 8 p.m.

Lesnar, the South Dakota native and former Bismarck State College and University of Minnesota All-American wrestler, is fighting for his title against interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. Tuchscherer said Lesnar is looking good. “He’s going to be a beast. I think you’re going to see a whole new Brock,” Tuchscherer said.

As for making his national television debut? Tuchscherer is confident enough that he’s not being bothered by it. “It doesn’t even faze me. I don’t even think about it because you don’t know when you’re going to be on TV anyway. I like it because then I know I’m going to have a good night and it’s going to be good exposure for me.”


Ternes likely done at DSU

So it appears that for the first time in a decade, Dickinson State will be looking for a new athletic director. I had a good conversation with DSU AD Roger Ternes on Friday afternoon and he confirmed that he has now interviewed twice for the athletic director position at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, an NCAA Division III school about three times the size of DSU.

Ternes said he recently returned from a trip there with his wife, Audrey, and that they both really enjoyed the community and it reminded him of Missouri, where they spent several years before returning to DSU.

From the conversation we had and from what I’m hearing from coaches and staff members, all signs are pointing to Ternes being on the way out. It sounds like Wisconsin-River Falls has yet to work out the details of his proposed contract and he’s just waiting on that. Without Ternes, DSU would be scrambling to find a new athletic director, which likely wouldn’t happen before the school year begins unless they hire internally or locally.

When I asked him about leaving the school a bit in a lurch as far as finding a replacement for him quickly, Ternes responded simply, “When would be a good time to leave?” He has a point there. That’s Ternes. His answers may be firm and often they are rough, but there’s no denying he good at either getting to the point or completely skirting it.

While his departure wouldn’t ruffle the feathers of some, I won’t go as far as to say he has been a polarizing figure at DSU. I mean, one hears things covering a college athletic department for four years.

Here’s what I know:
— No one is completely in love with Ternes, nor does anyone hate him out of pure spite.

— From all my experiences with him, he is a good enough guy who has his heart in the right place.

— He has kept a very professional demeanor with those in his charge, sometimes to a fault. However, all this means is that he’s not afraid to do his duties as a boss. Sure he’s upset some people in his tenure, but the number of good things he has accomplished at DSU likely outweigh the negatives.

— He told me that the worst part about leaving DSU is he knows he won’t have coaches like the ones he has at DSU. And he’s not just trying to put on a good face for his employees either. You could tell that he genuinely understands that where he’s going, there isn’t going to be a veteran like Hank Biesiot, there won’t be anyone as outgoing as Pete Stanton and there isn’t going to be an up-and-comer with the guts that Ty Orton has shown.

— He helped get the softball program going (though he told me today he didn’t actually initiate the program, it had happened in the months before he took the job) and it has been DSU’s second-most successful sport this decade behind men’s track and field. On that same token, there are many on DSU’s campus who believe Guy Fridley would still be a coach there if not for Ternes. These two have always had a professional relationship and if anything, Fridley’s departure last summer boiled down to salary. While I have heard rumors that the school low-balled him, I’m not going to go somewhere where I don’t know every fact of the matter.

— From all reports, he did a good job preaching the athletic department’s needs and wants to the fundraisers and donators of the Badlands Activities Center. While Ternes admits the process led to way too many meetings for his taste, he came out of it ahead. I mean, how many athletic directors can say they helped build a $16 million football and track stadium at their school. While it may have taken him much of his tenure at DSU to accomplished, he did his part in getting the job done.

— While he didn’t say it, I can only think back to our March conversations we had about the possibility of DSU having to leave the NAIA and go Division II if every school around it made the move, which is on the verge of happening. (Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines will find out if they’ve been accepted in early July.) He knows how much of an uphill climb this is going to be. It wouldn’t surprise me if he sees the writing on the wall here and wants to get out while the getting’s good, so to speak.

Ternes is 55 years old. On Friday he said, “I’ve got one move left in me.” There’s no doubt in my mind he’s going to make that move unless, for some reason, or River Falls backs off or lowballs the hell out of him. At this point, I don’t either happening.

What do you think about Ternes likely leaving DSU? Good riddance? Sorry to see him go? Thoughts?