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Episode 76 - Ryan Powell

Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings The guys return from summer hiatus to say farewell to associate media relations director Ryan Powell, who is leaving his post in the athletics department after being named assistant commissioner with The Summit League. The Three Best Friends That Anybody Could Have reflect on Ryan’s decade-long tenure and the memorable teams and student-athletes he worked with along the way. They also discuss his path to UND, working with coach George O’Leary at Central...


Episode 75 - Molli Detloff and Christian Wolanin

PRESENTED BY BUFFALO WILD WINGS Molli Detloff and Christian Wolanin, UND’s 2017-18 Female and Male Athletes of the Year, join the unofficial “year-end” podcast for a wide-ranging discussion. We learn from both that neither of them were highly-recruited by schools other than North Dakota, how they use that to fuel their competitive fire, what challenges the modern student-athlete faces, which teammates they lean on the most, which teammates drive them nuts, how they find middle ground with...


Episode 74 - Bill Chaves Part 2

PRESENTED BY BUFFALO WILD WINGS New UND Director of Athletics Bill Chaves returns to the pod for his first lengthy sit-down with the guys. After obliging Mitch and Jayson with some baseball geek talk (Doug Mirabelli??), Bill gets into some of the things that make him tick, both at the office and away from it, including his upbringing in Connecticut, life as a Red Sox and Whalers(!) fan, the bottle of champagne he finally got to uncork in 2004, what led him down his career path, what he...


Episode 73 - Chris Citowicki

PRESENTED BY BUFFALO WILD WINGS. UND associate head soccer coach Chris Citowicki joins the guys for a conversation unlike any other they’ve had. Born in Poland, Chris’ fascinating journey to the United States started with his family defecting from their native country and included stops in Italy, South Africa and Australia. His story was often fraught with peril, with true tales of murder, ocean voyages and even pirates. Chris also tells us how his life experiences have shaped his coaching...


Episode 72 - Spring Football Preview 2018

The guys (finally) reunite and take a deep dive into spring football with receivers coach Danny Freund and safeties coach Joel Schwenzfeier. They’ll talk position battles, the magnitude of Deion Harris’ return to health, what the staff reevaluated after a spate of injuries in 2017, players learning new positions, the difficulties of evaluating quarterbacks during non-contact practices, a renewed emphasis on recruiting quality depth, why they loved spring football as players, why they hated...


Episode 71 - The Final Road To Reno

It’s time for one final Road to Reno as the Big Sky Basketball Tournaments are upon us. Mitch Wigness and Ryan Powell cornered Paul Ralston, the radio voice of UND’s men’s team, and Jon Oglesby, who will be handling webcasts for the first three days on both sides for Pluto TV, and we break it all down. Who is the toughest out? Current format— goods and bads? Best matchups for UND? Least ideal matchup? Who is the next NBA guy in the Big Sky? What did Powell get his kids on a 12-day road...


Episode 70 - Brad "NFL Insider" Schlossman

Last week, Grand Forks Herald hockey writer Brad Schlossman attended Super Bowl Media Day last week and ended up breaking NFL MVP news, sending the sports Twitter world into a tizzy. This week, he joins the guy to discuss how it all went down, how Twitter may have literally broken his phone, what the Super Bowl Media Day experience was like, why entertainment reporters are the worst, and which donuts are (or aren’t?) Justin Timberlake’s favorite. The conversation then switches to hockey...


Episode 68 - Brian Faison Part II

Part two (Fais 2?) of our conversation with retiring UND Athletics Director Brian Faison, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. We go in depth on the recent sport cuts at UND, what went on behind the scenes and what was reassessed in the aftermath of those announcements. The guys touch on a number of topics from there, including the opening of the High Performance Center, the future of Memorial Stadium, the move from the Big Sky to The Summit League, Cost of Attendance for student-athletes and...


Episode 67 - Brian Faison

Finally reunited after a hectic fall schedule, Mitch and Jayson sit down with UND Athletics Director Brian Faison, who announced his impending retirement in October. In Part I of their conversation, Faison discusses the early challenges he faced at UND, why former UND President Robert Kelley was so instrumental in those first days, the future landscape of conference affiliation and how it may affect UND, what drove him to create the NCHC, the secret hotel meeting that got the NCHC ball...


Episode 66 - Mark Poolman

With Mitch on the road again, Jayson goes it alone with UND Athletics’ version of the Most Interesting Man in the World, Mark Poolman. The longtime athletic trainer and strength coach for the men’s hockey program, Poolman is also father to Colton and Tucker Poolman, both of whom developed into standout defenseman at North Dakota. We ask Mark about his new life as an NHL dad, how Tucker almost gave up the hockey dream along the way, and how he separates “Dad” from “Coach” around the rink....


Episode 65 - Tim Hennessy Part VI

We’re talkin’ hockey this week with venerable UND radio voice Tim Hennessy. The 1986-87 NCAA championship team will be honored on Saturday night and Tim shares his many memories of that history-making squad. Hear his tales of future NHLers Ed Belfour and Tony Hrkac, Murray Baron’s appetite, Brent Bobyck’s grooming habits(?), which UND coaches he had to once step between on the racquetball court, the time Cary Eades received a bill from Wisconsin, and so much more. He also recaps last...


Episode 64 - Virg Foss

Legendary college hockey writer Virg Foss joins the pod and we try to cram an entire 50-year career into one episode. Find out who converted Virg from a Minnesota fan to a North Dakota fan, the college hockey record Virg may or may or may not own from his playing days, which UND hockey coach he lived with while on the beat, the time Dean Blais blew up at him, which player he covered seemed destined to become a coach, the infamous “Water Bottle Incident,” which recruit changed the program...


Episode 63 - Alex Heinert

Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Football season is upon us and we preview the UND football season and the upcoming tilt with Utah with Midco Sports Network play-by-play man Alex Heinert. We get into the position battles, who has looked good in fall camp, some of the personalities on the team, and how the schedule shapes up for UND and the rest of the Big Sky Conference. We also chat about Alex's second year behind the mic calling UND games, some advice he got from savvy broadcast veteran...


Episode 62 - Drake Caggiula

Current Edmonton Oiler and former North Dakota great Drake Caggiula visits the show during his week in Grand Forks. Drake fills the guys in on life the NHL, what Leon Draisaitl told him that turned his rookie season around, riding shotgun with Connor McDavid, Frozen Four memories, the UND teammate he hated practicing against, the “crappy” way he found out Brad Berry was taking over the program, the first thing he does when he visits Grand Forks, Stephane Pattyn’s horrible motivational...


Episode 61 - Football Media Day 2017 Part 2

Part two of the football media day frenzy sees three coaches run the gamut with Mitch and special co/host Greg Enkers. Defensive backs coach Travis Stepps chats about the talented secondary, the impact of losing Deion Harris and how that affects that group and some guys that are stepping up in his absence. We also get both coordinators, getting insight from defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt who gets to try to scheme against the wide-open offenses in the Big Sky Conference. We discuss that...


Episode 59 - Karl Goehring

It's with sadness that it takes him leaving for us to finally move him up the guest list, but former standout goalie/national champion/volunteer goalie coach Karl Goehring stops by for a goodbye pod as he's off to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. The guys will talk about that move, some good Dean Blais moments, his favorite memories as a player, the mental aspect of the goalie position, his superstitions (maybe), what he thinks of mentees Aaron Dell, Zane McIntyre and Cam Johnson, and...


Episode 58 - Malcolm Agnew & Keaton Studsrud

It's time to strap on the helmets and get geared up for football season. The guys corner the new running backs coach, Malcolm Agnew, to get his thoughts on the team and the North Dakota community thus far. We also chat about his experiences as a player, his TV debut at age 6, Nebraska football, his NFL aspirations cut short due to injury, his ties with Bubba Schweigert, Dale Lennon and especially Eric Schmidt, and how to attack the upcoming season with a full stable of talent in the...


Episode 57 - Frank White

Mitch and Jayson go back to school with popular UND sociology professor Frank White. The guys discuss the many issues facing today’s student and athlete, including race, politics, the use of performance-enhancing and recreational drugs, and the ever-changing classroom environment. Frank also talks about how sports led him directly into the teaching profession, his favorite athletics memories spanning 30-plus years at UND, why his sociology classes are so popular among athletes, the time...


Episode 54 - Brock Boeser

The Brock Star is back at UND finishing out the semester and the guys fished him out of the hot tub to chat about a number of topics, including: his whirlwind debut week with the Vancouver Canucks; the gesture by the Sedins that meant the world to him; reuniting with Troy Stecher; the injury that plagued him throughout his final season at UND; the unexpected hockey lessons he learned as a sophomore; Fighting Hawks to watch for next year; the UND teammate he misses the least; what went into...


Episode 52 - Matt Schill

It's a bittersweet conversation for the guys, who sit down with old pal and UND Athletics multimedia maven Matt Schill. Matt will be pursuing a new career opportunity across campus and takes time (something Matt does best) to reflect on his decade-plus in the world of athletics. Originally hired as a publications editor, Matt discusses his numerous professional reinventions, the evolving world of online streaming, the webcast that had fans calling for his job, the origins of Brad Miller...