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Published May 17, 2012, 04:30 PM

UND, NDSU Discuss Resuming Football Rivalry

(AP) — The athletic directors for the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State have been talking about resuming the schools' football rivalry in three years, but more work needs to be done before the Fighting Sioux and Bison can meet again on the gridiron.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — The athletic directors for the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State have been talking about resuming the schools' football rivalry in three years, but more work needs to be done before the Fighting Sioux and Bison can meet again on the gridiron.

The schools have tentative game dates in Fargo in 2015 and in Grand Forks in 2017, UND athletic director Brian Faison said.

"Until contracts are signed, it's still tentative," he told the Grand Forks Herald. "We'll be sending (NDSU) contract drafts ... the first of next week."

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said no details have been worked out, and both university presidents likely will need to weigh in.

"Everyone is assuming (the rivalry) is renewed right now," he told The Forum. "It's not. I have to get together with Brian. I've said we have to get together and get things hammered out. There's still a lot of discussion yet."

The Sioux and Bison have not played football since 2003, when NDSU began the jump from NCAA Division II to Division I. UND has since made the same move. Both teams have since reached milestones — NDSU won the Football Championship Subdivision title last season, and UND is being accepted into the Big Sky Conference.

Faison and Taylor have differing opinions on how often the two schools should meet if the rivalry is renewed. Faison wants to play the game every year; Taylor would prefer every other year.

UND won the last matchup against NDSU, 28-21 in overtime in Grand Forks. The Sioux also hold a 62-45-3 edge in the series that dates back to 1894.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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