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Hiring Craig Bohl to coach UW football a great move

Dec 10, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

If you check out my DVR, you'll see there is just one program that has the little padlock symbol next to it which means it can't be erased unless you can guess the PIN code that I have forgotten.

And the best part of that ESPN College Game Day from this past Sept. is 29 minutes into the four-hour college football preview show.

"If you can reach inside and find 'it' -- that guy who has the determination to sacrifice whatever he has to do to be a champion," said North Dakota State Bison head coach Craig Bohl, leader of the best team in the Football Championship Subdivision, then you can have a successful team.

And now he's ours.

Named as the new head football coach at the University of Wyoming Sunday, Bohl added in his Gameday interview that, at NDSU, "'it' is part of why we've been so successful against BCS teams, because many of our guys were not recruited by BCS schools, and they see themselves as being that type of player."

In other words, the coach has a proven track record of chasing athletes he knows can become Cowboy tough.

That rodeo is now coming to Laramie.

You can already hear the chants of, "Defense! Defense! Defense!"

Here's what he said Sunday high above the east stands in the Wildcatter Suites at War Memorial Stadium:

"I think we really need to establish defense, and that's not easy to do, but I feel really comfortable and confident that the plan is in place to be able to do that. Now there's going to be some reshaping of what we're doing here."

Bohl won't get to Laramie until his Bison end their quest for a third straight FCS national title. That playoff run continues this weekend.

How good is Bohl's NDSU team today? Very good.

There they are, tucked in between UCLA and Oklahoma at number 17 overall in CBS senior sports columnist Dennis Dodd's weekly power poll of the best college football teams in America, regardless of division. They've hovered in the top 20 all year long, ahead of Arkansas, Texas and many other BCS power football schools.

That little school in Fargo has become a national football power under Bohl's leadership with tough, disciplined guys who, by the way, also had the best grade-point average in Bohl's tenure at NDSU last year, when the squad placed six on Missouri Valley Football Conference all-academic team.

The naming of Bohl as head coach may be UW athletic director Tom Burman's finest move.

Let's find our way to Laramie on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. That's when Bohl's Cowboys, our Cowboys, open their season against FCS power Montana.

Have a great sports week. Go Pokes, and Go Big Red!

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