If you are an Appalachian State football fan, you probably already know all of this.
But for the small chance that you are not…
The University of Montana is a football school.
From 1924 to 1950, Montana was in the old Pacific Coast Conference (think the old Southern Conference before there was an SEC / the PCC was followed by the Pac 8/10/12). The other PCC schools were Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and… Idaho.
From 1951 to 1962, Montana was in the Mountain States Conference until they joined the Big Sky Conference in 1963.
The Grizzlies have appeared in the post-season playoffs (Div II) in 1982, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The last 17 (consecutive) are a Div II record.
They won the national championship in 1995 (defeated Marshall) and 2001 (defeated Furman). They also appeared in the national title game in 1996 (def. by Marshall), 2000 (def. by Georgia Southern), 2004 (def. by James Madison), 2008 (def. by Richmond), and 2009 (def. by Villanova).
All accomplished by multiple head coaches – the latest being Bobby Hauck, who left in 2009 to take the helm at UNLV. Robin Pflugrad is the new guy. Last season, he lost to in-state rival Montana State.
That’s like UT losing to Vandy or Kentucky.
Nate Montana, son of 49er-great Joe, started his career as a college QB at Notre Dame in 2008, then transferred to Pasadena City College for 2009, back to South Bend for 2010, and is now in Missoula for the Montana Grizzlies.
Nate was arrested for underage drinking while at Notre Dame. This summer, he was arrested on suspicion for driving under the influence of alcohol. He declined the breathalyzer (perhaps he flunked out of ND). He pleaded guilty June 23 to a reckless driving charge and paid $435 in fines and court costs. The speeding charge was dropped. He received a 90-day suspended jail sentence and must complete a chemical dependency evaluation.
To say the least, he won’t be featuring at Neyland Stadium on Saturday [although he’s getting reps during this week’s practice sessions]
But, there’s hope…
… if Nate, during one of his binges, becomes a bit disoriented, and does a Billy Pilgrim imitation by becoming unstuck in time, and is kidnapped by extraterrestrial aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, and is exhibited in the aliens’ zoo teamed with fellow-abductee B-movie starlet Montana Wildhack as examples of earthling sex, falls in love with the buxom babe, and gets married to her, what would his new wife’s name be?
That’s better than any Frank Zappa song about dental floss…