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Bobby Hauck officially returns to Montana as head coach

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For Bobby Hauck and Montana, it’s déjà vu all over again.

It was reported earlier in the week that Hauck was expected to return to Montana for his second-go-round with the Griz. Not surprisingly, the university has confirmed as much as Hauck was officially named as Montana’s new head football coach.

Hauck had spent the past three seasons as the associate head coach and special teams coordinator at San Diego State.

“I look forward to working with Coach Hauck and the football staff in advancing the overall mission of the athletic department,” athletic director Kent Haslam said in a statement. “A mission focused on success in the community, in athletics, and in the classroom. We will not compromise on our pursuit of excellence in everything we do. Coach Hauck’s previous success on the football field at the University of Montana is well-known and I expect that will continue. I also expect we will continue to build a culture of hard work, respect and accountability.”

Hauck was born in Missoula, Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana, even as he never played college football for the Grizzlies. After beginning his coaching career at his alma mater in 1988, the 53-year-old Hauck ultimately returned to the Griz as head coach in 2003 after stops at, among others, UCLA, Colorado and Washington.

In seven seasons, Hauck guided Montana to an 80-17 record and appearances in the FCS playoffs each of those years. After a second consecutive loss in the FCS championship game in 2009, Hauck left for the same position at UNLV; after going 15-49 in Las Vegas, he “resigned” as the Rebels head coach in the middle of the 2014 season.

The past eight seasons, the Griz have qualified for the playoffs four times.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to come back home to a place that is so important to me,” Hauck, who was given a three-year contract, said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence at the University of Montana. I am absolutely committed to success both on and off the field. I cannot wait to get started, and look forward to being a strong advocate for the University as a whole.”

UCLA, UNLV announce future home-and-home

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! And, as you get set for your Turkey Day feast, here’s a little future scheduling news on which to nibble.

Just a handful of days after dumping its head coach, UCLA, along with UNLV, announced that the two football programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. The Bruins will play host to the Rebels on Sept. 7, 2024, at the Rose Bowl. The following season, on Sept. 6, 2025, the two teams will meet up once again in Las Vegas.

“This is another series that bolsters our future schedules and is beneficial for both sides geographically,” a statement from Desiree Reed-Francois began. “Our fans enjoy seeing traditional powers come to town, it enhances our football program’s efforts in the recruiting hotbed of Southern California and partnering with prestigious institutions in the Pac-12 only helps our development as a University.”

The schools have met twice previously, in 2015 and 2016, with the Bruins winning both by a combined score of 79-24.

This scheduling news comes three weeks after UNLV announced a future four-game series with Cal. The MWC program also has future games against Pac-12 members USC (2018 season opener) and Arizona State (home-and-home in 2020 and 2021) on the scheduling docket.

Schools across the FBS honoring the military on Veteran’s Day

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The whole of college football is making sure its message of support for those who serve gets heard loud and clear.

This year, Veteran’s Day just happens to fall on a gameday, and arguably the biggest college football gameday of the 2017 season in fact. Whether it be helmets or uniforms or in-game presentations, schools throughout the week have unveiled their gameday plans for honoring our nation’s military.

Kevin mentioned a couple on Wednesday; below is but a sampling of others who will honor those brave men and women who have allowed, and continue to allow, all of us to continue to enjoy this great sport, and every other freedom we enjoy for that matter.

And, from CFT as a whole and myself personally, God bless every single member of every branch of the military, past and present. From the bottom of our collective hearts, thank you so much for your service.

BYU finds some offense to secure first road win of the year at UNLV

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What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right?

In the case of BYU and their long-lost offense, that is hopefully not the case in more ways than one. The Cougars found a rare offensive groove in the most unlikely of places to secure their first road win of the year on Friday night either way in a 31-21 victory over UNLV.

Even more shocking than all those points for one of the lower scoring teams in all of FBS was how they were put on the board. Freshman Joe Critchlow made his first start of the year (the third BYU QB to take the first snaps this season) but looked more like a veteran instead of a fresh-faced signal-caller, throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown while playing off his run game and avoiding turning the ball over. Despite facing a stacked box, tailback Squally Canada had several big runs on his way to an impressive career-high 213 yard and one touchdown night on the ground.

Former quarterback turned wideout Austin Kafentzis also chipped in with 55 yards rushing and a score as a unique red zone threat too.

That attack made it difficult to keep up with on the other sideline for the Rebels. Quarterback Johnny Stanton did wind up throwing for 325 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the team had close to 500 yards of offense. It didn’t mean much without many stops on the defensive end though to put UNLV on the ropes in order to make the postseason, needing to win both of their final two games (on the road) in order to reach an ever elusive bowl game for the program.

BYU doesn’t have to worry about getting to a bowl game at this point in a 3-8 season but the effort on Friday night had to be an encouraging one for a team that has struggled to move the ball on seemingly every snap. That wasn’t the case against UNLV however as the Cougars left Sin City with a satisfying victory.


Western Michigan, UNLV show off patriotic helmets in honor of Veterans Day

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If Veterans Day is on the calendar, then that means college football programs will be mixing in a little stars and stripes into the uniform design this week. Western Michigan and UNLV are among the schools getting in the patriotic spirit this week with their helmets of choice this week.

Western Michigan is in action tonight on a busy night of MAC football. Earlier this week, images of the white helmet with a bronco logo filled with the stars and stripes were shown off by the Western Michigan equipment staff.

Filling in the logo with the same pattern used for the American flag is one of the trendiest ways to alter a football uniform. And UNLV has the same idea with their helmet for this week as well. The black helmet with red chrome facemask will have the pattern filling in the “UNLV” font on the side of the helmet.

Look for more of these types of themed uniforms this week as well as teams pay tribute to our nation’s veterans.