It wasn't pretty, but it was just enough, as the host UM Grizzlies edged the Montana State Bobcats 53-50 Monday evening in a crucial Big Sky Conference contest in front of a season-high and boisterous Dahlberg Arena crowd of 4,606. On the other side of the Divide, the Lady Griz scored 44 second-half points on its way to a 72-65 victory over Montana State Monday night in Bozeman. Read coverage of the men’s game here, and a recap of the women’s game here.
Mandy Morales finished her Lady Griz basketball career as the fourth-highest scorer in Big Sky Conference history and second at Montana to the legendary Shannon (Cate) Schweyen. Now she’s trying to pass her knowledge on to a new generation of players. After a year of pro ball in Greece following graduation, he two-time Big Sky MVP now heads the Missoula Sentinel Spartans junior varsity team. Read a Q-and-A with Morales here.
The Montana women's and men's cross country teams both were named USTFCCCA All-Academic, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week. It was the fourth time in the past five years both programs have been recognized. The women’s team has a cumulative 3.69 GPA while the men have cumulative GPA of 3.21. Read more about the harriers’ academic success.
In the spring of 2013, Grizzly football players and coaches had their blood drawn to see if they might be eligible to donate bone marrow or blood stem cells. Such donations can save the lives of patients around the world, but the odds of being a match is nearly 1-in-100,000. Despite those odds, this week assistant coach Justin Green becomes the second member of the Griz football program to be matched with a patient in need. Read Green’s story.
Senior Kareem Jamar lead the Grizzlies to a 70-66 Big Sky Conference victory over the host Montana State Bobcats on Monday evening in Worthington Arena in Bozeman while the Lady Griz held off the Cats to post a 84-79 overtime victory in Dahlberg Arena at home. Read a recap of the women’s game here, and the men’s highlights here.
The Big Sky Conference announced the Fall All-Academic teams late last week, and UM is proud to report that 58 Griz student-athletes were selected for the honor, the most from any school in the league. To be eligible, student-athletes needed to play in at least half of their teams' fall competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the fall semester. Read more
UM athletes teamed up on Wednesday to help feed the homeless as part of Project Homeless Connect. Nine student athletes packed food bags to help the homeless - and those at risk of becoming homeless - at the Missoula Food Bank. Some 165 bags were prepared, and will be taken to the annual event that links more than 70 services to people in need. Local news station KPAX reports.
The symbolism of the location of UM’s new athletics academic center, for which ground will be broken in early summer, isn’t lost on either Director of Athletics Kent Haslam or Griz soccer coach Mark Plakorus. By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will see the new academic center. Read more
Grizzly Athletics is on a winning streak for academic success. The department just posted its 17th straight semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for its student-athletes. Montana rose above a 3.0 after grades from the 2005 fall semester came and have not dipped below that mark since. Read more
Ryan Burke spent most of New Year’s Eve on the couch feeling sore and fatigued. But the Montana Griz wide receiver wants to make one thing perfectly clear about his heroic and exceptionally thoughtful gesture at the end of December: You don’t have to be a college football player to help save a life by donating bone marrow. Read more
The Big Sky Conference is celebrating a golden anniversary this year, and that has the league reminiscing. To honor 50 years of athletics, the Big Sky is recognizing their top moments and athletes. They’ve reached No. 20, and plenty of Montana Grizzlies made the list so far, including Anthony Johnson’s 34 second-half points to help UM beat Weber State in the 2010 conference championship game. Watch more
UM Professor Brent Ruby recently was featured in an episode of "Freaks of Nature" on the Weather Channel. Ruby is director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism and studies the limits of human endurance in extreme heat. The episode features ultramarathoner Scott Jurek running in the WPEM environmental chamber on campus and in Death Valley while Ruby collects data. Read more
UM linebacker Jordan Tripp has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and the game will be televised live on the NFL Network. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star game in the country. The inaugural game was played in 1925. Read more
Montana head football coach Mick Delaney is among the five Football Championship Subdivision finalists for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. The award honors coaches who best exemplify responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence both on and off the field. The winner receives $50,000 from Liberty Mutual to donate to his favorite charities and a $20,000 contribution for UM scholarships. Read more
Nothing – cold weather included – is going to stop Griz Football fans for showing up for this weekend's playoff match-up again Coastal Carolina. But the fans who fill the stands will need to take some precautions as they head out to Washington Grizzly Stadium on Saturday afternoon for one of the coldest home games of all time. KPAX reports.
The list of organizations Lady Griz forward Jordan Sullivan has helped assist with volunteer hours is 21 entries long. Sullivan also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection who entered her senior year with a 3.87 GPA as a marketing major. This weekend she’ll be one of 10 student-athletes from around the state to receive the 2013 Montana Athletes Service Award. Read more
The talk is finally over. It’s time to play the annual game between Montana and Montana State. The Cats and Griz will renew their rivalry for the 113th time this Saturday in Bozeman. Brush up on your Brawl of the Wild trivia before the game with author Pat Kearney who wrote the book on the Griz-Cat rivalry. Read more
Longtime UM women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig is one win shy of reaching 800 career wins, a milestone reached by only a handful of college coaches. One of them is legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who along with Selvig, interviewed for the Lady Griz job in 1978. Read about how it all began with this story from UM Sports Information. Read more
Six recruits signed national letters of intent Wednesday to join UM’s inaugural women’s softball team. Montana will begin play in the spring of 2015 as part of the Big Sky Conference. Softball will become the ninth women's sport at UM. Wednesday was the first day national letters of intent could be signed. The signing period ends Nov. 19. Read more
After collecting backpacks, new school supplies and cash donations at five recent Griz home sporting events, UM’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee presented the donations to the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates of Missoula. CASA received $650 and 250 packaged school supplies while SAAC picked up more than 900 points in the Conference Cup competition between Big Sky Conference schools. Read more
This June, work will begin to renovate and modernize the Adams Center, including an academic center for student-athletes, a new main entry to the facility – which houses Dahlberg Arena – and a project to add new locker and dressing rooms for athletes and performers. The $2.5 million project is funded entirely with private funds. Read more
Montana senior Maddey Frey was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 women's soccer team. She is the first Grizzly to earn academic all-district honors since Misty Hall in 1999. Frey, of Kalispell, is a mathematics major and maintains a 3.86 GPA. She also is a three-time Academic All-Big Sky Conference selection. Read more
The trend of outfitting teams in new jerseys, helmets, shoes and even gloves seems to grow with each passing year. Now it’s has trickled down to FCS, where programs like UM are finding ways to keep up with much smaller budgets. Despite its comparatively small budget, Montana has been able to take the field with a different look every single week this season. Read more
University of Montana football coach Mick Delaney recently paid a special visit to 77-year-old Earl Bilbrey, a longtime Griz fan who lives at Bee Hive Homes of Missoula. “It’s one of the happiest events we’ve probably had in three years,” said Bilbrey’s daughter Melanie Pettit. Read more
The Fallen Soldier Memorial at the University of Montana is a solemn reminder of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial, bearing the names of Montana soldiers who lost their lives in the recent wars, will be recognized as the official State Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 26. Read more
Relive the most thrilling Grizzly football game in recent history with video highlights from UM's Oct. 19 win over Cal Poly. The Griz rallied late in the game to come from behind and win secure a 21-14 victory in overtime. Grizzly Athletics offers up a five-minute recap of the highs - and lows - of Saturday's contest here.
Under the bright stadium lights last week, Lex Hilliard watched the Jets warm up for their football game. Except instead of the colossal professionals from New York, a different pint-size team of green jerseys surrounded “Coach Lex” – rambunctious 8- and 9-year-olds wearing shorts and mouth guards. The Kalispell native is back home. Read more
Grizzlies athletes Anna Pershouse and Ryan Burke came to class early on Thursday to brush up on their reading assignment for Bonner School. The pressure was on: Each had a second-grade class to read to and engage with about the story of friendship between a farm tractor and an orphaned calf. Read more
"America the Wild" host Casey Anderson brought Brutus the grizzly to UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium and let him roam the field to study how bears travel in the dark. Watch the video here.
Junior Tara Green, who played the three-round tournament at 1-under, won the Grizzly Invitational by four shots Tuesday, and Montana claimed the team title at the first-year event by 56 strokes after shooting rounds of 290, 294 and 294. Montana's total of 878 was the best three-round score in program history, surpassing the previous record of 903, set at the 2012 Big Sky Conference championship, by 25 strokes. Read more
On Aug. 31, six U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Washington-Grizzly Stadium before the first game of the 2013 season and the first regular-season night game. The SEALs were on hand to support Griz fan and Billings native Bo Reichenbach, a Navy SEAL who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan.
Playing at home for the first time since 1997, the Montana women's golf team shot rounds of 290 and 294 Monday at the Missoula Country Club on Monday and held a commanding 34-shot lead at the Grizzly Invitational by the end of the day. Montana's two-round total of 584 was 12 strokes better than any other back-to-back rounds in program history. The six teams will play a final round on Tuesday morning. Read more
Ashley Mackey, a senior on the Montana women's tennis team, spent six weeks this summer living in New York City and working as an intern for the United States Tennis Association as the organization prepared for its most important annual event, the two-week U.S. Open. Mackey worked in Learning and Leadership Development and USTA Serves, which provides scholarships and funds tennis programs in underdeveloped areas of cities. Read more
Joni Stephens, who spent 12 years coaching at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named the new women’s golf coach at the University of Montana. Stephens replaces Emily Milberger, who took the Fresno State job earlier this month after two years coaching the Grizzlies. Stephens will begin her duties at Montana on Sept. 3, six days before the Grizzlies open their 2013-14 season with the Grizzly Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. Read more
Attending a University of Montana football game was the last thing on Bo Reichenbach’s mind last July when he was critically injured by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan. More than a year later, the 24-year old Navy SEAL and Billings native continues to recover at Walter Reed Memorial Hospital. While the battle toward recovery has been slow, Reichenbach is winning the fight, and this weekend he’ll attend Montana’s season opener against Appalachian State University on Saturday night. Read more
UM President Royce Engstrom delivered his annual State of the University on Aug. 23 to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Engstrom introduced several new administrators and student leaders, shared a variety of stories about academic distinction and success taking place at UM and outlined some of the milestones the University will work toward during the 2013-14 academic year. Read the text of his speech here.
Jamie Pinkerton, the former head coach at Tulsa and Arkansas and most recently an assistant coach at Iowa State, has been named the first head coach of the nascent Montana softball program. The Grizzlies will play their inaugural season in 2014-15. Pinkerton rose to the top of an applicant pool of nearly 100. He interviewed on campus earlier this month. He'll arrive in Missoula before Labor Day to start laying the program's foundation. Read more
University of Montana President Royce C. Engstrom will outline institutional priorities for the upcoming academic year during his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23. The public and members of the media are invited to the event, which will be held in the Montana Theatre of UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. Read more
The Montana women's tennis and volleyball teams recently both earned academic recognition from their respective coaching organizations. Coach Steve Ascher's squad was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team. Coach Jerry Wagner's program claimed the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. In addition to the Grizzlies' team award, Heather Davidson, Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for having a 3.5 GPA or better for the 2012-13 academic year. Read more
Championship football teams are not built in a day, but Montana appears headed the right way. That according to second-year coach Mick Delaney, who watched his troops work through a spirited session Tuesday under brilliant sunshine at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. One thing became apparent as the afternoon wore on: These Grizzlies are sure of themselves on both sides of the football. Read more
Today the NCAA announced the conclusion of its investigation, begun in January 2012, into the University of Montana’s athletics department. The NCAA determined that we failed to monitor our football program, finding instances of playing ineligible student-athletes, provision of extra benefits to some football players, and exceeding coaching limits on a limited basis. As President, I take seriously the responsibility of ensuring that UM offers a dynamic learning environment that is second to none, including strong academics and strong athletics. Read more
The final tally shows that UM student-athletes spent more than 700 hours engaged in community service during the 2012-13 academic year. Those hours were spread out between dozens of causes, from the volleyball team working on a build project for Habitat for Humanity to the men's basketball team showing up at Hellgate Elementary for the school's Fall into Fitness campaign; from the golf team packing boxes at the Montana Food Bank Network to Griz football players spending an afternoon at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read more
Since September 1997, which was the last time the Montana golf team played in a tournament in Missoula, the rest of the Griz programs have competed at home more than 1,000 times in regular-season and postseason events. That trend will come to an end in early September when the Griz golf program hosts the Montana Invitational at the Missoula Country Club. It will be the first home event for the program since the final Montana Fall Classic was held at the Missoula Country Club 16 years ago. Read more
The nation's most experienced women's basketball coaching staff is breaking up. Annette Rocheleau, who has been with longtime Montana coach Robin Selvig as a player or assistant coach for all but 13 of Selvig's 798 career wins, has announced her decision to retire. Rocheleau won't officially retire until Dec. 31, but over the next six months she will be performing other duties for the program while transitioning out of her hands-on coaching role. Read more
How many grade schoolers would it take to defeat the University of Montana football team? That answer may never be known, but one thing is certain: UM would have been vastly outnumbered during the fourth and final day of the 17th annual Little Grizzly football camp Thursday at the Sentinel High School football fields. Read more
Campus Recreation’s Youth Camps program is underway at UM and the theme of the first week was football. The kids were surprised one morning with a visit from Griz football players who volunteered their time to teach campers about the sport. It was the highlight of the week for many of the children, with one young participate exclaiming, “it was the best day of my life!” as he walked away with a new excitement about the Griz football program. See photos of the football camp and find updates on the Youth Camps Facebook page.
Montana student-athletes finished the spring with a semester GPA of 3.02. That left the athletic department's cumulative GPA, now at 3.08, above 3.0 for the 16th straight semester. Nine of Montana's 12 programs had semester GPAs of 3.15 or better, and the women’s golf team took top honors with a 3.41, which narrowly topped five other programs that came in at 3.3 or better. Read more
Griz football opponents know all about Washington-Grizzly Stadium, and now one national publication does too. The Sports Network has named it the top stadium in the Football Championship Subdivision, praising its atmosphere and Montana’s 174-24 record in the stadium. Read more
The job announcement for Montana’s first softball coach was recently posted on the UM human resources website. Montana won’t begin playing until the spring of 2015. That date may still sound distant, but it will put the initial coach, who is expected to begin in August, under a compressed timeline. Read more
Former University of Montana women's soccer star Courtney (Mathieson) Jenkins and UM's Big Sky Conference champion 1972 men's track team will be inducted into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame this fall, UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam announced this week. Read more
When Bryan Ellis graduated from high school, he couldn’t perform division. This summer he’ll receive a doctorate in sociology from Howard University. It’s difficult to appreciate where the former Montana Grizzly basketball player is today without knowing his history. Read more
Today, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the resolution of two investigations into the University of Montana’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, and we announced our collaborative agreements moving forward. Read more
The University of Montana's Sam Gratton, Josh Harris, and Peter Nguyen were recently named to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. The NFF recognized 703 seniors from across all divisions of college football for academic achievement. To qualify for the team a player must have completed his eligibility with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better, and be a starter or key reserve. Read more
The University of Montana unveiled its new logo and brand identity to employees April 30 in the University Center Theater during an internal event hosted by UM’s Office of Integrated Communications. “This always has been a great University,” said Mario Schulzke, UM’s assistant vice president for marketing. “We just really needed a fresh storytelling platform to be able to communicate to the public all of the amazing things that are happening here on a daily basis.” Read more
The University of Montana basketball fans young and old turned out April 17 to celebrate the teams' Big Sky Conference regular-season and tournament champions during a family-friendly celebration held in Dahlberg Arena. Read more