There was a time when North Dakota State was not the FCS version of mid-90's Nebraska. In fact, there was a time when the North Dakota State looked at moving to FCS with trepidation. That time was only a decade ago.
After claiming eight national titles and 26 conference championships, the Bison decided to leave Division II for FCS, then known as Division I-AA. At the time, the migration from Division II to Division I was not the sure thing it appeared to be. The road was littered with the corpses of programs that had attempted the move before.
The school made the decision to move in August of 2002, and completed in time for the 2004 season. The Bison acquitted themselves well in the Great West Conference, posting a 35-9 record with one conference championship in their four seasons in the league. North Dakota State moved to the Missouri Valley in 2008, and immediately fell flat on their face, going 6-5 in 2008 and 3-8 in 2009.
You know what happened next.
The Bison reached the FCS Quarterfinals in 2010, and then claimed the next three FCS national titles and going 43-2 in the process.
And now the school has commemorated its rise with "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions". It goes on sale April 24, the day before the Bison's spring game. We'll let you know if a full version surfaces online.