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Former UM Coach Selvig Plagiarizes News Article in Grad Speech

Great Falls Tribune writer David Murray said Robin Selvig apologized for using the opening paragraph of Murray's 2014 article word-for-word

MISSOULA — Former University of Montana women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig apologized for plagiarizing a newspaper article in telling the inspirational story of a former Lady Griz basketball player during a high school graduation speech in Missoula.

Selvig told the Missoulian that he felt “terrible” for not crediting Great Falls Tribune writer David Murray when he told Big Sky High graduates about LeAnn Montes of Box Elder. She had a daughter while in high school, played basketball for and graduated from UM and eventually got a law degree.

Selvig used the opening paragraph of Murray’s 2014 article word-for-word and used about seven paragraphs in all.

Murray said Selvig apologized on Saturday.

Murray said Monday he was not angry, but was flattered Selvig thought his words were worthy of including in a commencement address.

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