The Montana Grizzlies fired football coach Robin Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day on Thursday in the middle of March, which is decidedly not coach-firing season in college football. As concerns grow about the many sexual assault charges over the years against Grizzlies players, the university isn't doing much to explain just why the two were fired out of nowhere.
The Missoulian has an extensive report on the day's events, from O'Day being told at 8 a.m. local time to a staff meeting at 9:30 to Pflugrad meeting with his players early in the afternoon.
From the article, Pflugrad's comments in strong support of quarterback Jordan Johnson, who's under investigation for rape ... sure are very strong comments:
Last Saturday, Johnson returned to the practice field, following a civil no-contact agreement between his lawyer and that of his alleged victim; the TRO was dismissed, though Johnson was to avoid all contact with the student.
After the Grizzlies scrimmaged Saturday, Pflugrad spoke highly about the return of Johnson, who has denied the rape allegation through his lawyer. The quarterback was allowed to return upon the decision of an Athletic Conduct Team, created as part of UM's new student-athlete code of conduct.
"I think any time you have a person of Jordy's character and tremendous moral fiber, and he's your team captain and part of the leadership council, your players are going to be fired up," Pflugrad said at the time.
Elsewhere, Football Scoop has video of the coach expressing his shock at losing his job.