Bob Stitt out as Montana head football coach

Bob Stitt out as Montana head football coach
Bob Stitt addresses the media after being named head coach of the University of Montana football team on Dec. 19, 2014. (UM photo)

MISSOULA — Bob Stitt is no longer the head coach of the University of Montana football team, the league announced this afternoon.

The move comes two days after Stitt’s Grizzlies fell 31-23 at Montana State. The loss meant the Grizzlies missed the playoffs

“These decisions are always difficult, and I understand how this impacts many people,” Montana Athletics Director Kent Haslam said in a statement. “I appreciate Bob’s contributions to the University of Montana and Grizzly Athletics. He worked tirelessly to move the football program forward with a focus on overall student-athlete success.”

In three years with the Grizzlies, Stitt’s Grizzlies went 21-19 overall and 14-10 in Big Sky Conference play.

In Stitt’s first game, the Grizzlies beat Carson Wentz and defending national champion North Dakota State in a primetime game on ESPN. That propelled the Grizzlies to the playoffs, where they beat South Dakota State before losing a rematch to North Dakota State in Fargo.

That turned out to be Stitt’s only playoff appearance with Montana. He closes his Grizzly career with a 1-2 record against Montana State.

Stitt was introduced as the 36th head football coach in University of Montana history on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. He signed a three-year contract.

Before heading to Missoula, Stitt had a 15-season stint as the head football coach at the Colorado School of Mines, where he posted an overall record of 108-62 and an 83-44 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Haslam will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Adams Center Sky Club to discuss the decision.

Grizzly Athletics will provide a live stream of the press conference on Facebook at

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