A few early Monday afternoon notes and thoughts:
- Don't know if I've ever seen a 50-lap race at River Cities Speedway go green to checkered without a caution flag. But it happened Saturday night in the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational, an event won by Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis. All 25 cars that started the feature finished. Quite an amazing race, especially on a small track.
- Former UND standout Danye Guinn has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach at Des Moines Area Community College. The head coach at DMACC is Steve Krafcisin, a former UND's men's assistant under Rich Glas.
- Idaho State is approximately $1 million richer for playing Arizona State and Oklahoma on back-to-back weekends. But you have to wonder if the money was worth it. Arizona State beat the Bengals 50-3 before Oklahoma pounded ISU 64-0 on Saturday. Maybe ISU should have not backed out of its contract with UND and played the Sioux on Saturday, which was the original date for this year's Potato Bowl.
- How good is Northern Iowa? After nearly beating Iowa two weeks ago, the Panthers routed South Dakota 66-7 on Saturday. Should be a great Missouri Valley Conference race between Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois.
- Northwestern State, UND's opponent this week in Natchitoches, La., lost to Grambling 38-17 on Saturday night. The Demons, who have a lot of transfers and a new coach, are 0-2.
- Texas Tech beat Rice 55-10 on Saturday. Tech quarterback Taylor Potts threw seven touchdown passes and sat out the final seven minutes of the game. With that, now what are the thoughts out there about UND's performance at Tech a week earlier?