He won the Mountain West in 2016 his third year there and got the MW Coach of the Year award and has been bowl eligible 2 of 5 years.Think the previous coach left for Wyoming and didn’t do so well.
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I have been to both. Fargo is like Metropolis compared to Laramie. In fact, I think metro Fargo and metro Tuscaloosa are pretty similar in size. Laramie is a speck.Why do I say Wyoming is a step down? Well, for starters they are more remote/desolate than any out the Dakota schools or even Montana, getting recruits in and out rewrites that they fly into Denver (iirc) and then get bused to Laramie. Fargo has an international airport less than a mile from campus. Even at Wyoming he's often going after the same level of recruits that ND State does and loses those battles because, let's be honest, there is zero chance that Wyoming will ever play in the CFP or a really good bowl game. How do you pitch that to a recruit:
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Overall NDSU is 9-3 vs FBS competition. I'd love to see them get more FBS teams on the schedule. I'm guessing aside from FBS powers, a lot of teams are hesitant to return their calls.NDSU began their transition from Division 2 to the FCS in 2004. They were not even eligible for the FCS playoffs until 2008.
During the 4 year transition (technically not yet D1/FCS) they went 3-1 vs. FBS schools.