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Grizzlies Removed Head Coach and AD PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, 30 March 2012 08:36

School President Royce Engstrom has announced that the University of Montana has decided not to renew the contracts of head football coach Robin Pfulgrad and Athletics Director Jim O'Day. "The University will announce

an interim athletics director and interim head coach by the end of the week," Engstrom said through a press release. "Further details about the search for permanent replacements will be released as the process develops.
We thank Jim and Robin for their dedicated service to the University, and we wish them the best." This recent move by the school adds more uncertainty to a program already dealing with sexual assault allegations against two of its players. Earlier this month, a university student accused starting quarterback Jordan Johnson of sexually assaulting her. No charges have been filed. In January, special teams player Beau Donaldson was suspended from the team after he was charged with raping an acquaintance.
Pflugrad was the Big Sky Conference football coach of the year in 2011 after he guided the Grizzlies to a co-conference championship his second year as coach. Sam Houston State defeated Montana in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Pflugrad was promoted from wide receivers coach to head coach after Bobby Hauck left for UNLV in 2009. It was Pflugrad's second stint with the Grizzlies, after being an assistant coach from 1986 to 1994. In between, he coached and recruited at Portland State, Oregon, Washington State and Arizona State. Montana went 7-4 in his first season in 2010.
O'Day was hired as athletic director in 2005, moving up from director of development for UM intercollegiate athletics after Don Read retired. The Grizzlies play Appalachian State at Kidd Brewer Stadium on Saturday, September 8.

  
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