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Episode 69 - Bill Chaves

On this episode of Sit Down and Cheer, Junior Varsity fill-ins Ryan Powell and Kyle Doperalski fill in for Jayson and Mitch as they sat down with newly-hired athletics director Bill Chaves. The J.V.-squad touched on a number of topics with their new boss ranging from what made him a sports junkie to how his time at Eastern Washington is going to help keep the UND athletic department moving forward. Chaves also discusses how a kid who grew up with an affinity for most New England professional...

Duration: 00:34:00

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...

Duration: 00:41:18

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...

Duration: 00:44:15

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. We...

Duration: 00:50:59

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...

Duration: 00:39:59

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...

Duration: 01:01:29

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...

Duration: 00:39:23

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...

Duration: 00:46:41

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...

Duration: 00:47:02

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...

Duration: 00:48:44

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...

Duration: 01:00:52

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...

Duration: 00:58:38

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...

Duration: 00:45:14

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...

Duration: 01:04:26

Episode 51 - Carson Shanks

We visit with North Dakota junior center Carson Shanks – also known as Big Fudge and Big Zen – about the Big Dance. We get his thoughts on the looming tourney matchup with Arizona, why he wanted to face Weber State for the Big Sky Championship, how an early-season blowout loss turned the season around, the newfound hoops fever in Grand Forks and what kick-started it all, why Brian Jones won’t let him sleep on airplanes, which teammate has the biggest fear of flying, who he confided in...

Duration: 00:52:24

Episode 50 - Dave Starman

Jayson is flying solo once again this week, but luckily there’s a Starman waiting in the sky and he’d like to come meet us. Dave Starman, that is, hockey analyst for CBS Sports Network and NHL Network. This one’s a wide-ranging discussion that covers his unconventional playing career, his affection for the Hartford Whalers, how Kenny Albert changed his career path, the time Barry Trotz taught him to cook, his love of history, an arts & crafts lesson from Dean Blais, coaching against a...

Duration: 01:04:59

Episode 49 - Bruce Ciskie

With Mitch on the road, Tim Hennessy pinch-hits and he and Haji welcome Minnesota Duluth men's hockey radio voice Bruce Ciskie to the show. They talk about Bruce's start in the business, what it's like working with Scott Sandelin, why he admired Dave Hakstol, the 2011 Frozen Four (ugh), pigeons in hotel rooms, what the NCHC gets right, what it could improve upon and much more.

Duration: 01:07:19

Episode 48 - Cam Johnson

We lay down a fresh track with UND All-America goalie Cam Johnson, who opens up about the best christmas movies he's never seen, growing up with Christian Wolanin, the loss of his father at a young age, how the promise of NOT playing as a freshman helped lure him to UND, the rocky start to his college career, searching for lost confidence, why the team felt disrespected prior to last year's NCAA Tournament, the near-boycott of a certain college hockey reporter, why the locker room felt so...

Duration: 01:04:41

Episode 46 - Travis Brewster

It's basketball season and the guys are able to post up Coach Brewster for a good chat about UND women's basketball. We chat about following up a legend like Coach Roebuck, the tough first season and how exhilarating year two and a Big Sky championship felt. We also get into some of the unsung players that make the tradition of UND basketball so special, his future dance plans with the new President's wife and if Wigness is more of a Tom Willis or Mr. Bentley.

Duration: 01:05:17

Episode 45 - Jack Michaels

PR honk Ryan Powell pinch hits for Jayson, who's still under the weather from the Jays' playoff circumstances. We sit down with UND football radio voice Jack Michaels (he's back!) and we gush about the 2016 Fighting Hawks football team leaving no doubt. We break down the season to date and get into some good nicknames for the stable of running backs. In no order, we talk about sitting on peanuts, Jack's uvula (which might still be in Hillsboro), Homerun Hardin, Paul Ralston's tapeworms,...

Duration: 00:44:59

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