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NCAA Division I FCS Champion North Dakota State to Open Spring Football Drills Saturday

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: March 22, 2012

FARGO, N.D.--North Dakota State University is set to open spring football drills at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, on Dacotah Field. Saturday's practice is the first of 15 spring sessions.

North Dakota State won the program’s first NCAA Division I Football Championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7 and also claimed the program’s first Missouri Valley Football Conference title. Head coach Craig Bohl led the Bison to a 14-1 overall record and 7-1 record in MVFC.

Spring football drills close with the annual Green-Gold game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Fargodome. NDSU's annual spring coaches clinic is scheduled for April 13-14 in the Fargodome.

NDSU averaged a school record 18,143 spectators over nine home dates in the Fargodome last season and placed 10th in the 2011 Division I FCS attendance figures released by the NCAA. The previous average attendance record was 18,141 in 2007.

North Dakota State opens the 2012 season Sept. 1 against Robert Morris University, a rematch of the 2010 NCAA FCS first-round playoff game.

**The practice schedule:

#1 Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. (Dacotah Field)

#2 Monday, March 26, 4:30 p.m. (Dacotah Field)

#3 Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. (Dacotah Field)

#4 Saturday, March 31, 9:30 a.m. (Dacotah Field)

#5 Monday, April 2, 4:30 p.m., (Dacotah Field)

#6 Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m. (Dacotah Field)

#7 Friday, April 6, 10:45 a.m. (Dacotah Field)

#8 Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. (Dacotah Field), Scrimmage

#9 Monday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. (Dacotah Field)

#10 Friday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. (Fargodome), Spring Coaches Clinic

#11 Saturday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. (Fargodome), Scrimmage, Spring Coaches Clinic

#12 Monday, April 16, 4:30 p.m., (Fargodome)

#13 Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., (Fargodome)

#14 Friday, April 20, 4:30 p.m. (Fargodome)

#15 Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. (Fargodome), Annual Green-Gold Spring Game

(**--please note, practice times, sites are subject to change)

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