Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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When J.D. Pride decided to leave Minnesota, his father mentioned Indiana State as the quarterback/wide receiver's preferred destination. So it's good to see that Pride got his wish.
According to this story from TV station WTHI in Terre Haute, Ind., Pride has been accepted by the Sycamores and is already enrolled in classes there.
Pride came to his hometown university after quarterbacking Totino-Grace to the 4A state championship three years ago, but could never climb the Gophers' depth chart, not with Adam Weber and MarQueis Gray on the roster.
The Gophers' new coaching staff convinced Pride to switch to receiver last fall, but he still couldn't get on the field, and he ultimately decided he would prefer to play quarterback. Coach Jerry Kill gave Pride his release last month.
Indiana State has gone 6-5, and 4-4 in the FCS-level Missouri Valley Conference, each of the last two seasons.
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