FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State Bison enter the season with a luxury they haven't enjoyed in their previous four seasons as Football Championship Subdivision winners: Their entire coaching staff is back.

It hadn't happened since the program moved up to Division I.

The group led by second-year head coach Chris Klieman is working to find replacements for six standout starters on defense and a record-setting running back. The Bison open the season Aug. 29 at Montana.

Klieman credits NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen for keeping all the full-time assistants and says continuity is important in all athletics.

The Bison return one of the top quarterbacks in the country in senior Carson Wentz. He says the return of the coaching staff is a testament to the tradition of the program.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.