MISSOULA — Between a retiring head coach and a starting quarterback on the mend, there’s potential distractions for the Montana football team this week. Coach Mick Delaney’s Sunday announcement that he’s leaving required time to process for his players. And QB Jordan Johnson’s ankle sprain i…
Turn back the clock to November of 2012. Montana had just lost to rival Montana State at home, which gave the Grizzlies a 5-6 record, their first losing season in a generation. It was then that coach Mick Delaney issued a bold promise, saying:
Montana State must beat Montana for any chance to extend its season with a playoff berth. And even then it’s not a given.
It was the fall of 2008, and Brock Coyle had a decision to make.
Now a senior, DeNarius McGhee has governed Montana State’s offense immeasurably throughout his career.
MISSOULA — The numbers were dizzying, really. But not in a good way.
It’s rare when coaches Mick Delaney and Rob Ash appear at the same offseason media event, especially when it’s not in conjunction with the Big Sky Conference.
Griz coach Mick Delaney says he doesn’t think about the pressures of winning or losing, but somewhere inside the man must be a sense of urgency to get the job done in 2013. If not, Montana’s coaching staff could look markedly different a year from now.
It was early during practice last August, two days before a Thursday night NFL preseason game between the Falcons and Dolphins.
LAS VEGAS — Following a career-performance last week, Wyoming's Brett Smith bested that by torching the UNLV secondary, completing 25 of 33 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 28-23 win on Saturday.
Saturday turned out to be a major downer for both Montana and Montana State. And those moments are few and far between.
Kelly Bradley was just a sophomore when he quarterbacked Montana State to the national championship in 1984.
They're 0-2 in the Big Sky Conference for the first time since 1992. They were knocked out of the Top 25 poll for the first time since 1998. Clearly, the start of the 2012 season hasn't been ideal for the Montana Grizzlies.
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After he rumbled, hurdled and darted his way to an 87-yard touchdown catch late in Montana’s non-conference showdown Saturday at Appalachian State, Dan Moore was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
First-year Montana coach Mick Delaney said he was brought to tears after the Grizzlies beat South Dakota 35-24 last Saturday in Missoula.
I was on my way to the golf course when my phone started blowing up around 10 this morning. "Pflu and O'Day canned?" read one text message. "Hearing some crazy (bleep) from Missoula," stated another. Something was most definitely afoot. Rumors were swirling.
It's been a rough few years for the Montana Grizzlies football team.
The last time Montana took part in the FCS postseason, they fell three points shy of winning a national championship.
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