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North Dakota State coach has need for speed

Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 1:45 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last we checked in with North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl, his team had just upset Kansas 6-3 to start the 2010 season.  Since then we've documented the epic hilarity that has been Kansas football this season, but the Bison kind of got lost in the shuffle.  What has the team and its head coach been up to?  Well, the Bison are 7-3 but will not be winning the Missouri Valley Conference this season, as that title belongs to Northern Iowa.   As for Bohl, when he's not on the sidelines or in his office, you can likely find him pulled over on the side of any road in Fargo.

Since taking over as head coach at the school in 2003, Bohl has received at least 18 traffic violations.  Ten of those being of the speeding variety.  So when the Fargo Police Department needed to find a spokesperson for their new traffic safety campaign, who do you think they turned to?  Why, Craig Bohl, don'tcha know!
Bohl provides the voice for a 30-second radio ad Fargo police began airing this week as part of a traffic-safety campaign dubbed, "Are you getting it now?" The ad details a string of crashes in Fargo that killed five people in less than three weeks this fall and is targeted at repeat offenders.

Police Chief Keith Ternes isn't yanking the radio ad that feature's Bohl's voice, but concedes, "It certainly does take away from the message when the messenger might be somebody we're trying to reach."


Bohl said his history of speeding was one reason he agreed to lend his voice to the campaign.


"This message applies to everybody," he said. "I looked myself in the mirror and said, 'I need to slow down."'
If you ask me, this is an idea that probably should have gone in the woodchipper, but the Fargo police said they don't plan on making any changes to the campaign.

In other news, following his epic performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Michael Vick has agreed to become the new spokesperson for the ASPCA.


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