President Donald Trump invited NDSU to the White House in honor of its seventh NCAA Division I FCS national championship in the past eight years. The announcement was made Friday afternoon, Feb. 8, by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven.
“And this is not just about the 2018 team,” Larsen said. “This is about the long history of Bison football. This is rare air. Not a lot of teams get a chance to do this on the biggest stage there is.”
NDSU has won 15 national championships since 1965, the latest a 38-24 victory against Eastern Washington last month in Frisco, Texas. The latest run of titles, which included an unprecedented five straight, is the greatest dynasty in NCAA football history.
“When you start talking about an invite to the White House, a lot of people have helped us along the way,” said NDSU head coach Matt Entz.
Larsen lauded Hoeven for doing a lot of work behind the scenes. NDSU currently is working with Andrew Giuliani, the public liaison assistant to Trump. He is the son of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Just how the trip will be paid for pay for is still being worked out, Larsen said. He hopes to have the financials and the traveling party finalized by the middle to the end of next week.
“I think everybody who was a part of the team last year,” Larsen said. “They were part of that opportunity so if it works out for him … but certainly he has a lot on his plate right now at Kansas State.”
“This is one of those opportunities you make fit into your calendar somehow, some way,” Entz said.