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Iowa State assistant head coach applies for UND job

by Mike McFeely

Iowa State assistant head coach Bill Bleil is the latest notable applicant for the vacant University of North Dakota football coach job.

 Bill Bleil

Bleil survived the recent season-ending staff shakeup after the Cyclones completed a 2-7 Big 12 season, 3-9 overall. Head coach Paul Rhoads fired offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope.

In addition to the title of assistant head coach, Bleil coaches tight ends at Iowa State. He was the offensive line coach prior to 2013. Bleil was an assistant head coach with Rhoads at Akron (2005-09) and Pitt (2004-05).

A Big Sky Conference offensive coordinator also entered the mix to be UND's next coach. Bruce Barnum of Portland state is among the latest round of applicants.

There were 50 applicants for the job as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The job posting closes Dec. 10. It is expected there will be a number of serious applicants just before the deadline. some coaches will avoid applying for the UND job until the last moment, because of North Dakota's transparent open-records laws.

Earlier this week, as reported by the Grand Forks Herald, former Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad applied at UND. He is the current offensive coordinator at Weber State.

Here is the full list of applicants in alphabetical order:

--Bruce Barnum, (current job) offensive coordinator at Portland State.

--Bill Bleil, (current job) assistant head coach at Iowa State.

--Brian Bottenfield (current job) client liasison at Aetna in Plymouth, Minn.

--Nicholas Calcutta (current job) assistant head coach at Delaware State.

--Dale Carlson, (most recent job) head coach at Valparaiso.

-- Charles Coe, (current job) offensive coordinator, Missouri Baptist, an NAIA school.

--Lawrence Cole, (current job) head coach at Central High in Camden, Ala.

--Bob Connelly, (most recent job) assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Arizona State.

--Jovan Dewitt, (current job) defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Florida Atlantic.

--Maurice Drayton (most recent job) special teams intern, Indianapolis Colts.

--Louis Esposito (current job) defensive coordinator at Ferris State, Mich.

-- Mario Felix, (current job) running backs coach at NAIA Mid-America Nazarene. 

--Nick Garrett, (current job) passing game coordinator/QBs at Western New Mexico University.

--Clyde Gregory, (current job) offensive coordinator/QBs at Coronado High School, Lubbock, Texas.

--Ryan Held, (current job) head coach at Highland Community College, Kansas.

--Anthoney Hill, (current job) assistant offensive coordinator/QBs of Colorado Ice, Professional Indoor Football League.

--Robert Ianello, (current job) wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at University of Kanasas.

--Andrew Jordan, (current job) assistant coach, Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

--David Keeny, (most recent job) assistant coach at Millersville University, Pa.

-- Michael Kelly, (most recent job) former head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.

--Robert Keys, (current job) head coach at University of Findlay, Ohio.

--John Klacik, (most recent job) assistant coach at Miami, Ohio.

--Kenneth Knapczyk, (current job) head coach at East Ridge High School, Clermont, Fla.

--Robert Lancaster, (most recent job) defensive coordinator at Catawba College, N.C.

--Kevin Magouirk, (most recent job) offensive coordinator/QBs at South Carolina State.

-- Douglas Madoski, (current job) head coach Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College

--Jamie Marshall, (current job) assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Montana State.

--Michael Markuson, (most recent job) offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

--Efrain Martinez, (current job) head coach at Los Angeles Community College.

--Lacey McBeath, (current job) coach at Neshoba County School District, Philadelphia, Miss.

-- Damian Mincey, (recent job) former assistant coach at Massachusetts.

--Jake Moreland, (current job) assistant coach at U.S. Air Force Academy.

--Vince Okruch, (most recent job) assistant coach at University of Akron.

--Alex Pateras, (current job) secondary coach at Ventura High School, Calif.

--Marcus Patton, (current job) defensive coordinator at Fairmont State University, W.Va.

--Robin Pflugrad, (current job) offensive coordinator at Weber State.

--Lane Powell, (current job) assistant coach at Alcorn State University, Miss.

--Camm Richmond, (most recent job) teacher at Mechanicsburg High School, Pa.

--Robin Ross, (current job) special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at University of Wyoming.

--Stephen Settle, (most recent job) head coach at Tombstone School District, Huachuca, Ariz.

--Nicholas Siciliano, (most recent job) offensive assistant coach with Cincinnati Bengals (also was quarterbacks coach at Ohio State from 2005-2012).

--Steven Smith, (current job) offensive coordinator at Albany State University, Ga.

--David Taynor, (current job) head coach at Urbana University, Ohio.

--Reginald Trotter, (current job) defensive coordinator at Missouri Western State.

--Seth Wallace, (current job) defensive coordinator at Valdosta State, Ga.

-- Daren Wilkinson, (current job) offensive coordinator, Colorado State-Pueblo.

--Larry Willis, (current job) radio analyst for South Carolina Sports Radio Network.

--Eric Young, (current job) head coach at New Mexico Highlands University, N.M. 

--Glen Young, (current job) defensive coordinator at Brockport state College, N.Y.

(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at mike.mcfeely@mwcradio.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)