Status of Griz Football, Testing, Etc.

Get the low down on Griz/FCS Football
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1. "The players have been able to get in up to 12 hours of activities per week over the past three weeks with coaches, spending time in the weight room, in the film room, in meetings and on the practice field. They also have school to attend, while coaches continue to work on putting together their recruiting class among a myriad of other duties.

For a bunch of guys with nothing to do, we’re pretty busy,” Montana coach Bobby Hauck told the Missoulian on Friday as a potential fall practice schedule and spring season begins to take the earliest of shapes, with the Division I Council scheduled to vote on several measures Wednesday. “I think that’s good. I think there’s a lot of structure to the week.”

2. "The approval is the first attempt to help the 100-plus FCS teams not playing this fall — 15 teams are playing at least one game — not fall behind others who are getting in practices for their games."

3. "The mandated testing required teams playing to do weekly testing of players, coaches, trainers and others in the athletic department who are around the team during preseason practices, regular-season games and postseason games, potentially 20 weeks. When discussions about playing this fall were taking place, testing would’ve cost UM athletics an estimated $10,000 per week for football and about $15,000 per week for all fall sports at a minimum, Haslam said.

In regards to the Big Sky canceling fall football, commissioner Tom Wistrcill had said the NCAA testing protocols were “certainly a factor that played into it, maybe a tipping point” and that “it was virtually impossible for us to pull off” because of testing costs and the logistics of testing.

Haslam noted that testing issues weren’t just costly but the availability of tests, getting timely results and mass asymptomatic testing of football players taking away from the limited testing supplies available in the state when talks about the season were ongoing in the summer.

The Montana University System has since received $20 million from Gov. Steve Bullock to help with on-campus testing. Griz football players, like any student, can participate in free testing with same-day results at UM’s Curry Health Center if they have symptoms, while a plan for surveillance testing of asymptomatic people in high-risk populations is the second tier of who should be tested."

4. "However, Big Sky schools aren’t permitted to play football games this fall — Hauck said he'd want UM to play if allowed."

5. "Montana isn’t pursuing playing any football games this fall, even an in-state game against Montana State, Haslam said. Former Griz and Loyola punter Eric Williams started an online petition to Bullock to "bring back the brawl," and it’s gotten 68 signatures since Wednesday." ... op-story-1
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