Weather Forecast


Hockey Day is coming to Bemidji; 13th annual event set for winter 2019

Holtz: Rivals NDSU, UND should play each other

By Amy Dalrymple

Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz told North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota presidents this week he can’t believe the two longtime rivals don’t play each other.

The ESPN football analyst is in Grand Forks to speak to the North Dakota Petroleum Council annual meeting this morning. Holtz said he enjoyed having dinner Tuesday night with presidents and athletic directors from NDSU and UND

“I just think that is insane that two great schools, 70 miles apart or so, are not playing one another,” Holtz said.

Holtz, who also coached at the University of Minnesota and in the NFL, now works as an analyst for ESPN. The cable network is bringing its GameDay pregame show to broadcast from Fargo on Saturday.

“North Dakota State can fill up the stadium anyway, but it’d be a great money-maker for both schools, I think,” Holtz said. “The Legislature needs to get involved.”

Holtz said he predicted on four shows that NDSU would beat Kansas State and called it a “no-brainer” to pick the Bison.

“They know how to win They’ve won two championships in a row,” Holtz said. “Most teams would have folded. But they’re used to winning and they expect to win.”

Holtz serves on the board of directors for Nuverra Environmental Solutions, which operates in the Bakken, and was invited to speak by CEO Mark Johnsrud of Watford City.

The board, which includes former vice president Dan Quayle, recently met in Watford City, but Holtz was unable to make it because he had a mandatory ESPN meeting.

Forum News Service

The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In addition to breaking and enterprise news, we offer a wide variety of sports, features, business, agriculture, outdoors and opinion content. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.