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The University of Montana student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin, on Friday reported that two football players were involved in an assault on another student last March, and that Coach Bobby Hauck swept the incident under the rug. The alleged assault is the latest in a long series of incidents involving violent off-the-field behavior by members of the UM football team. The Kaimin also reported that when a reporter asked for comment about the incident, Hauck said: "You're done for the day, and you'll be done for the season if you keep bugging me about this thing that I've answered four fucking times." The two players allegedly knocked a student unconscious and kicked him in the face following an altercation at a party; they were held out of one game this season, but otherwise apparently faced no sanctions. In a furious editorial, Kaimin sports editor Roman Stubbs called the allegations involving the two players "disturbing, sickening, alarming," and denounced Hauck for building a "wall of silence" around the incident and refusing to take responsibility or hold anyone accountable. "A college football coach should never be blamed for isolated incidents," Stubbs wrote. "But when accusations form a pattern, then not only do the upstanding Griz players become stigmatized, but so does this school, this city and this state. It becomes embarassing. And it falls on the commander in chief." UM football spokesman Dave Guffey said in an email to NewWest.Net: "We have no comment on this matter."

University of Montana Football Coach Under Fire

The University of Montana student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin, on Friday reported that two football players were involved in an assault on another student last March, and that Coach Bobby Hauck swept the incident under the rug. The alleged assault is the latest in a long series of incidents involving violent off-the-field behavior by members of the UM football team.

The Kaimin also reported that when a reporter asked for comment about the incident, Hauck said: “You’re done for the day, and you’ll be done for the season if you keep bugging me about this thing that I’ve answered four fucking times.” The two players allegedly knocked a student unconscious and kicked him in the face following an altercation at a party; they were held out of one game this season, but otherwise apparently faced no sanctions.

In a furious editorial, Kaimin sports editor Roman Stubbs called the allegations involving the two players “disturbing, sickening, alarming,” and denounced Hauck for building a “wall of silence” around the incident and refusing to take responsibility or hold anyone accountable. “A college football coach should never be blamed for isolated incidents,” Stubbs wrote. “But when accusations form a pattern, then not only do the upstanding Griz players become stigmatized, but so does this school, this city and this state. It becomes embarassing. And it falls on the commander in chief.”

UM football spokesman Dave Guffey said in an email to NewWest.Net: “We have no comment on this matter.”

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  1. Jay says:

    Surely nobody will stand behind the Kaimin as it denounces what has been obvious for many, many years.

  2. Montucky says:

    Another example of the sports program illustrating what it means to be a role model; for arrogance and gutter attitude.

  3. Mel says:

    The University of Montana Football program is responsible for promoting the abuse of Alcohol and gambling. The University solicits money from Diamond Jim’s Liquor Store and Casino, and posts huge ads on TV and in the stadium on campus. Are Liquor stores and Casinos even allowed by the NCAA to advertise and sponsor college athletic teams and promote gambling and alcohol? Are those ads and scoreboard ads allowed on campus, state owned property? Is it stupid? No wonder these kids get drunk and fight.

  4. Disgusted Lifetime Missoulian says:

    This sort of incident should surprise no one. The University has long treated its football players and coaches like deities instead of the thugs and enablers that many of them obviously are. So long as criminals are coddled and allowed to get off with a slap on the wrist because they’re supposedly important athletes and so long as the University covers up violent and criminal behavior, these stupid kids will keep acting like the jerks they are. Sadly, too many fans find it more important to pay the ticket prices than to turn away in disgust when they should, if only they were responsible people. Anyone who financially supports this organization is responsible at this point. Stop spending the money and the University will start getting the message, but until then expect continued criminality out of this obviously corrupt organization.

  5. Doug says:

    Its true, the University has covered up this type of thing since I can remember. Does anyone remember a guy name Michael Ray Richardson? Yep, he was a FELON with an assult record who preyed on his community, but he could shoot a free throw.

  6. Stan says:

    If it makes any of you feel better, FWIW I know of two Div. 1 college coaching searches in the last two years where Hauck’s name was floated as an up-and-comer. In both cases he was dropped and although no one would comment for attribution in the media, the reason given was Hauck’s attitude about problem players and those annoying rules that kept getting in the way. The word is out on the guy and maybe it will keep biting him on the a$$.

  7. Binky Griptight says:

    UM Executive Vice President Jim Foley responded Monday:

    “I think we all realize, as public officials, we need to be more respectful and civil in our conversations with the media, or for that matter, anybody else.”

    Seems the cone of silence still holds with the Athletic Department, as Athletic Director, Jim O’Day couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.

    http://www.montanakaimin.com/index.php/news/news_article/foley_um_knew_about_incident_involving_griz_players/3965

  8. Jim O'Day says:

    I take offense to the last remark by your previous poster. I returned a call to Mr. Alger at 6:08 p.m. Monday – and he never returned my call back. That I had meetings through 6 p.m. and couldn’t get back to him earlier (he left his e-mail request to me at 2:23 p.m.) – and knowing that he had scheduled a meeting with me today at 2 p.m. – should not have resulted in a “no comment” statement in the Kaimin. I worked in the newspaper business for almost 20 years — and never blamed anyone for not being on my same clock.
    As per another matter, Mr. Alger and I had a good conversation today, and I respect his talents. He is a good, young writer. I was surprised, though, not to be contacted for comment prior to the article being published – and I asked for that courtesy in the future – which he agreed. Had that been the case, we probably could have provided more information. That being said, Missoulian reporter Bill Speltz did just that – and reported a very accurate article in Saturday’s edition. I commend him for being such a professional… trying his best to report all sides of the story. Too often these days, we do not hear all sides of a story. That, and sensationalism, are what disturbs me most about today’s media across the country – but it is what it is, and we need to adjust accordingly.

  9. Jonathan Weber says:

    I appreciate Jim O’Day expressing his thoughts on how the story today was handled, thank you. Certainly some valid points.

    As regards to Bill Speltz’s story, the issue I had with it was that it asserts, essentially without attribution, that Grady McCarthy didn’t want to report the incident. Seems to me that Grady McCarthy – not his father and not UM officials – would be the appropriate source for such an assertion. It also characterizes the fight in a rather different way than the Kaimin, and fails to note that this is the latest in a string of incidents like this.

    Further, there is still the issue of the way Coach Hauck handled the questions from Tyson Alger. That kind of language and disposition should be unacceptable for any UM official, and I think Coach Hauck owes Alger and the Kaimin an apology.

  10. Nick: says:

    No one seems to get the point that most of the violence is probably steroid induced. Some say the problem is systemic in that the trainers have for years pumped players up to beyond their natural physical abilities with drugs. Heard this from a former (80s) player who said it happened to him.

  11. GB says:

    I admire Jim O’Day for his quick responses and integrity on this situation and others. He is in an unenviable position that should be dealt with by the UM president. Coach Hauck is an arrogant unresponsive poor role model. Let’s not confuse responsibilities – Jim O’Day is a good guy….Bobby Hauck is not. Both are Montana natives. Let’s protect the one we should and take methodical steps to replace the other.

    I don’t necessarily agree with the theories that this has gone on forever at UM. When my nephews/relatives have played for UM football in years past under Coaches Glenn/Read they recruited quality players/students. This is a throwback to the days of Coach Swarthout when I was a student… some good local students/players and a few louts from near/far that soil the program. That needs to change. Coach Tinkle and others are great leaders and role models. Hopefully, Coach Glenn is available if the Administration decides to replace Bobby. I feel sorry for him – he obviously doesn’t get it. Much like the program including the head coach he worked under didn’t get it while employed at the University of Washington. UM is more about one man..it deserves better.

  12. Curtis Reynolds says:

    Wow!!! Mel your an idiot! “I’m sorry officer, the Grizzly Football program made me do it! If I hadn’t seen that ad at the football game, I would have never, ever gotten drunk and picked a fight!” It would be better if you didn’t speak at all Mel.

  13. horst says:

    I’m betting curt is a Grizzly fan.