Posted September 04, 2012 on
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Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, face fraud charges for allegedly forging signatures on two potential ballot measures.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced the charges Tuesday.
The players were paid $9 an hour to gather signatures to get two citizen initiatives dealing with a state conservation fund and medical marijuana on the ballot. Authorities say many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or made up.
NDSU football coach Craig Bohl says the players have cooperated with investigators and any team discipline will be decided after they finish legal proceedings. He says the players will be eligible to play this weekend against Colorado State.
The Bison are defending Football Championship Subdivision champions.
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The North Dakota State University football team is getting some unwanted scrutiny and press after it was revealed to the media and fans that eight NDSU football players – four of which are starters have been caught in a voter fraud case. That story has not hit the national media and the NCAA site as well.
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Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, will remain on the roster while criminal charges against them for forging signatures on ballot initiative petitions are resolved, their coach said Tuesday.
The players were paid $9 an hour to gather signatures for two citizen initiatives, which sought to set up a state conservation fund and make marijuana...
Eight North Dakota State University football players, including four starters, are among 11 people charged with faking petition signatures in a scheme that will keep two well-funded initiatives off the November ballot.
Bison coach Craig Bohl said the players will be eligible to play this weekend against Colorado State and any team discipline would wait until after the criminal case...
As a fan that can remember the NDUS and UND rivalry so many thoughts come to mind – I am sure that others can come up with their own.
Nice to see that nothing has changed at NDSU – also – it will be interesting to see if any of these players are in the lineup next weekend when the Bison play the Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Here is the link to the North...