For the first time in six season the NDSU football team did not win a national championship and now they will have to make their first coaching changes during the Chris Klieman era. The Bison had already lost Jamar Cain to San Jose St., which opened a spot at defensive ends coach, now they will have to fill a bigger role on the opposite side of the ball. Offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tim Polasek is leaving the green and gold for Iowa City to become an offensive assistant with the University of Iowa football program. The word out of Iowa is that Polasek will be the offensive line coach for the Hawkeyes.
NDSU beat Iowa this past season on a last second field goal by Cam Peterson giving NDSU six straight victories over the FBS. Polasek first came to NDSU in 2006 as a graduate assistant and got his first full-time position as the running backs coach in 2007. He left NDSU for the FBS in 2013 to Northern Illinois before returning in 2014, the first year of the current head coach Chris Klieman, to become the offensive coordinator.
Polasek called the shots for both the 2014 and 2015 national championship teams with NDSU tallying a combined record of 28-3 over those two years. With the departures of Cain and now Polasek, Klieman must make coaching replacements for the first time in his three years. The Bison will open the 2017 season with Mississippi Valley St. on September 2nd at the Fargodome.