Montana faces tough decision with football program awash in uncertainty
With an embittered wave of his hand, Montana athletic director Kent Haslam swiped his winter hat off his head and wiped his reddened face. Haslam looked like a man with a painful decision to make.
As the AD stood alone on the fifth floor of Bobcat Stadium, a party not seen in Bozeman in 12 years was in its infancy. Bobcat players and coaches mixed with a tidal wave of fans on the stadium’s turf to celebrate Montana State’s 31-23 win over the Grizzlies. Where the party was going was anybody’s guess. Chris Murray, the sophomore Bobcat quarterback with a million dollar smile and two wins over his rival, was asked how he thought he would celebrate. He didn’t know.
In that way, and that way only, do Murray’s and Haslam’s immediate futures dovetail.
While Murray will certainly revel in Saturday’s outcome, Haslam will deplore it. If it hasn’t happened already, in the coming days Haslam will determine the fate of head coach Bob Stitt, undoubtedly one of the most important decisions during Haslam’s tenure at Montana.