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Klieman said one of his first priorities will be connecting with recruits who have said they want to play for the Bison. He’s confident most of them will honor their verbal commitments.

“I need to get on the phones with those kids. Until I knew what was going on, until everybody did, I think there was some uncertainly there,” Klieman said. “I hope that a number of those kids chose NDSU for NDSU and for the academics they are going to receive here and for Bison football and the tradition at North Dakota State.

The Bison face New Hampshire Friday night in a semifinal game at the Fargodome.