The University of North Dakota won’t exactly have ideal locker room conditions for their playoff game this coming weekend.
North Dakota finished the regular season 7-4 and travels to Louisiana for a first-round FCS playoff game against 8-4 Nicholls State. When the Fighting Hawks arrive at John L. Guidry Stadium, they will be greeted by a series of temporary tents that will serve as the team’s locker room.
Nicholls State’s football facility is in the midst of a renovation that is expected to be completed by the start of next season. In the meantime, all their opponents this season have had temporary tents as their visitor’s locker room.
“The away team has to stay in tents, so that’ll be a challenge in itself,” North Dakota cornerback Evan Holm told the Grand Forks Herald. “It’s just another big challenge.”
Here’s a look at the setup:
Thankfully for North Dakota, as of now, the weather in Thibodaux, La. projects to be around a high of 81 and low of 56 on Saturday.
Last year we had the news that the University of North Dakota was handed three years by the NCAA to win the approval of the Sioux to use their tribe name as the college’s mascot. If Phil Jackson had his way, they might not have to wait for the three years to elapse. The Zen Master was in Grand Forks on Monday to accept an honorary doctor letters degree and he used his speech as an opportunity to speak out against the Fighting Sioux nickname, as recounted by the Grand Forks Herald:
And it is time, he suggested, for resolution of a nagging issue “in our own backyard,” at UND.
He asked the university and its trustees, “What is to be gained by keeping the Fighting Sioux” name and logo, and what is to be lost by giving it up.
“We have a chance to do the right thing,” Jackson said.
I’m not too surprised that Jackson used the opportunity to speak out against the nickname; Phil has tons of clout as one of the school’s most prominent alumni so his word must carry extra weight with the University. And would you expect anything less than a P.C. approach from an enlightened thinker like Dr. Phil?