Hauck Appears to be Staying Put at UM

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA (AP) – Bobby Hauck will apparently return as Montana’s football coach, after Eastern Washington coach Paul Wulff got the Washington State job and Colorado State hired Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild.

“Bobby and his staff are out recruiting right now, just as they always are this time of year,” said Montana athletics director Jim O’Day. “I would expect, and I don’t know any different, that Bobby and his staff will be on board next year.”

O’Day said no other schools have called him to seek permission to talk to Hauck about any coaching vacancies.

In a phone interview with the Great Falls Tribune, Hauck said: “I’m never one to be out there exploring much. It’s not a good proposition for coaches to talk about (other jobs). I’ve got a really good job.”

Hauck, who was recruiting in California, has about 22 scholarships to fill at UM because of this year’s large senior class.

Hauck said a large number of recruits will be in Missoula this weekend.

Hauck said he left a message for Wulff congratulating him on the WSU job.

“I haven’t talked to Paul, but good for him. I know how special it is to work at your alma mater,” said Hauck, a UM grad, with a 52-14 record in five seasons with the Grizzlies.