FRISCO, TX (AP) – Montana State faces North Dakota State again in the FCS playoffs. This time it’s for the national title. This is the first championship game for Montana State since 1984. The Bobcats advanced with playoff victories over both teams that played for the last FCS title less than eight months ago. North Dakota State has won a record eight FCS titles in the previous 10 seasons. The Bison had unbalanced victories over Montana State early in the playoffs, en route to their final two national titles at the end of the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – D’Angelo Russell had 27 points and 12 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 135-105 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Russell scored 11 of 12 field goals and 4 of 5 3-pointers to help the Timberwolves beat the Thunder for the second time in three nights. Minnesota won 98-90 Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points for the Timberwolves. Lu Dort scored 18 points for the Thunder. They have lost three games in a row.
EAGAN, Minnesota (AP) – Confidence is an essential ingredient in training in the NFL. That’s the gist of how Karl Scott ultimately landed a defensive back coaching job with the Minnesota Vikings. He is in his first season in the league. Scott worked his way up the college ladder to get there. He stopped at seven schools in his first 14 years with the business. His interest in coaching was sparked while playing at McMurry University in Texas. His head coach there was Steve Keenum. He is the father of former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum.
PISCATAWAY, NJ (AP) – Rutgers hired Joe Harasymiak as defensive coordinator on Friday. The 35-year-old New Jersey native has spent the last two seasons with another member of the Big Ten, Minnesota, as a defensive co-coordinator. Harasymiak replaces Robb Smith, who has not been brought back after two seasons. Harasymiak initially joined Minnesota for the 2018 Quick Lane Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. He trains the safties in 2019, supervising Antoine Winfield Jr., Jordan Howden and Chris Williamson. Harasymiak coached in Maine from 2011 to 2018, spending the last three seasons as a head coach. He guided the Black Bears to a 20-15 overall record and a 15-9 score in the Colonial Athletic Association.
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