Montana Athletic Director Pens Letter to Griz Fans

By Beacon Staff

Following the conclusion of the regular season for Montana’s football team, the university’s new athletic director, Kent Haslam, sent out a letter to Griz fans.

Dear Griz Nation:

As the football season comes to a conclusion, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to you for your continued support of Griz football. Fans showed up in record numbers to watch the Grizzlies this season and I join the university administration, coaching staff and student-athletes in saying Thank You.

A 5-6 record is disappointing. At the same time, I appreciate the team’s hard work, and head coach Mick Delaney’s time, dedication, and heart-felt commitment to our football student-athletes. He and the assistant coaches have worked tirelessly. I look forward to his returning as the head coach for the 2013 football season and working toward a Big Sky Conference championship.

I am eager to see a resolution of the ongoing NCAA investigation. While a completion date is still uncertain, Jean Gee, senior associate athletic director, is working cooperatively with the NCAA to bring the matter to a conclusion. I know that, in the end, the athletic department will emerge stronger than ever.

Men’s and women’s basketball is well under way. Both teams are off to a great start, and I ask you to help us fill Dahlberg Arena and cheer them on to a conference championship. As you know, the programs are under great leadership. I appreciate all the wonderful coaches we have in the athletic department.

Thank you for your continued support. As always…I know Griz fans everywhere will rally together. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Kent Haslam
Director of Athletics
The University of Montana

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