All NSIC, all the time.
That's the scenario the University of Minnesota Duluth will be looking at during the 2011 regular season as the defending NCAA Division II champion Bulldogs are slated to do battle exclusively with Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference adversaries.
UMD, which was a perfect 15-0 one year ago and captured its second national title in three years, will launch its 79th year of intercollegiate competition on Sept. 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a non-conference clash against Augustana College. Those two clubs met in the NCAA II playoff quarterfinals last November at James S. Malosky Stadium where UMD prevailed, 24-13. UMD will then put its school-record 30-game NSIC winning streak on the line one week later at home versus Upper Iowa University. Other teams who will pay visits to Malosky Stadium in 2011 include Minnesota State-University-Moorhead (Oct. 1 in UMD's Hall of Fame Game), Northern State University (Homecoming on Oct. 22), the University of Minnesota-Crookston (Nov. 5) and Minnesota State University-Mankato (Nov. 12). The Bulldogs' regular season road finale is on Oct. 29 at St. Cloud State University, which fell 20-17 to UMD in the second round of the 2010 NCAA II playoffs.
"I like that there is a fairly nice balance to our schedule, with five games at home and six on the road," said Bob Nielson, the 2010 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year, who will embark on his ninth season with the Bulldogs this fall. "It will be a challenging schedule right from the get-go with that opening day game at Augustana and a 10-week grind the rest of the way."
Nielson and the Bulldogs are currently taking part in in spring drills and will hold their annual Maroon-White Game on April 21 at Malosky Stadium.
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Courtesy: UMD Athletics