2011 Montana Grizzlies football team

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2011 Montana Grizzlies football
Montana Griz logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Ranking
Sports NetworkNo. 5
FCS CoachesNo. 5
2011 record6–3* (5–1* Big Sky)
Head coachRobin Pflugrad (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJohnathan Smith
Defensive coordinatorMike Breske
Home stadiumWashington–Grizzly Stadium (Capacity: 25,217)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Sky football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#7 Montana State +^   7 1         10 3  
#5 Montana +^   (7
5
1)
1
        (11
6
3)
3
 
Portland State   5 3         7 4  
Eastern Washington   5 3         6 5  
Weber State   5 3         5 6  
Northern Arizona   3 5         4 7  
Sacramento State   3 5         4 7  
Idaho State   1 7         2 9  
Northern Colorado   0 8         0 11  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Montana later vacated five wins, conference co-championship, and playoff participation; Idaho State ineligible for FCS playoffs due to APR violations
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2011 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. were led by second-year head coach Robin Pflugrad and played their home games at Washington–Grizzly Stadium. They are a member of the Big Sky Conference.

The team finished the regular season with an overall 9–2 record, 7–1 in Big Sky play. They then won two FCS playoff games, before being eliminated in the semifinals by Sam Houston State, thus ending their season with an overall 11–3 record.[1] On July 26, 2013, Montana was sanctioned by the NCAA, which found that "boosters provided extra benefits to players."[2] Montana vacated its last five wins of the 2011 season (three during the regular season and two in the postseason) and its participation in the NCAA playoffs, resulting in an official record of 6–3 overall, 5–1 in conference play.[2]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 34:00 p.m.at Tennessee*No. 12ESPN3L 16–4294,661
September 101:05 p.m.Cal Poly*No. 15KWBMW 37–2325,855
September 1712:05 p.m.No. 10 Eastern WashingtonNo. 12
KPAXW 17–1426,066
September 247:05 p.m.at Sacramento StateNo. 10KPAXL 28–4212,751
October 11:05 p.m.Northern ColoradodaggerNo. 19
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 55–2825,919
October 84:05 p.m.at Idaho StateNo. 16KPAXW 33–09,124
October 151:05 p.m.Portland StateNo. 14
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 30–2425,744
October 223:05 p.m.at Northern ArizonaNo. 12KPAXW 28–248,421
October 291:00 p.m.Weber StateNo. 11
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KPAXW 45–10 (vacated)25,401
November 512:05 p.m.Western Oregon*No. 10
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT
KWBMW 32–7 (vacated)24,984
November 1912:05 p.m.at No. 1 Montana StateNo. 7KPAXW 36–10 (vacated)20,247
December 31:00 PMNo. 15 Central Arkansas*No. 5
  • Washington–Grizzly Stadium
  • Missoula, MT (FCS Playoffs Second Round)
ESPN3W 41–14 (vacated)22,005
December 107:05 pmNo. 2 Northern Iowa*No. 5
ESPNW 48–10 (vacated)23,049
December 167:00 PMat No. 1 Sam Houston State*No. 5
ESPNL 28–3112,367
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

[1][3]

Regular season[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Montana 0 7 2 7 16
Tennessee 14 14 7 7 42

Cal Poly[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cal Poly 10 7 6 0 23
#15 Montana 7 7 15 8 37

Eastern Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Eastern Washington 0 6 0 8 14
#12 Montana 10 0 7 0 17

Sacramento State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Montana 7 7 7 7 28
Sacramento State 7 14 14 7 42

Northern Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northern Colorado 7 7 0 14 28
#19 Montana 10 17 28 0 55

Idaho State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Montana 10 3 10 10 33
Idaho State 0 0 0 0 0

Portland State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Portland State 6 15 3 0 24
#14 Montana 0 10 14 6 30

Northern Arizona[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Montana 0 14 7 7 28
Northern Arizona 14 0 0 10 24

Weber State*[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Weber State 3 0 0 7 10
#11 Montana 14 24 7 0 45

Western Oregon*[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Western Oregon 0 0 7 0 7
#10 Montana 6 6 10 10 32

Montana State*[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Montana 0 12 17 7 36
#1 Montana State 0 0 7 3 10
  • On July 26, 2013, the NCAA sanctioned Montana and forced it to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season, Big Sky Conference co-championship and NCAA FCS playoff participation.

FCS Playoffs[edit]

Second Round–Central Arkansas*[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Central Arkansas 0 0 7 7 14
#5 Montana 17 14 7 3 41

Quarterfinals–Northern Iowa*[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Northern Iowa 7 3 0 0 10
#5 Montana 7 21 7 13 48

Semifinals–Sam Houston State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 Montana 0 14 7 7 28
#1 Sam Houston State 21 7 3 0 31
  • On July 26, 2013, the NCAA sanctioned Montana and forced it to vacate its last five wins of the 2011 season, Big Sky Conference co-championship and NCAA FCS playoff participation.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Final
The Sports Network 12 15 12 10 19 16 14 12 11 10 8 7 5
FCS Coaches 12 13 11 9 16 14 11 9 8 8 7 7 5

NCAA investigation and sanctions[edit]

In 2013, the NCAA investigated the University of Montana for violations of regulations concerning gifts to student athletes. On July 26, 2013, the NCAA announced its finding that the university had insufficiently monitored its football program, enabling boosters to provide gifts and services to players against NCAA regulations.[4]

Much of the investigation centered on events surrounding the arrests of two Montana football players, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and backup quarterback Gerald Kemp, in October 2011. The NCAA found that boosters provided the players with bail and free legal counsel, in violation of NCAA rules. Several university personnel, including then-coach Robin Pflugrad, then-athletics director Jim O’Day, and the university compliance officer, evidently knew details of the situation but did not report them. The investigation also found that six boosters had provided smaller benefits to players over 100 times between 2004 and 2012.[4]

Montana faced several penalties as a result of the investigation, most of which it self-imposed. Montana vacated five wins from the 2011 season in which Johnson and Kemp had played, including a win in the rivalry game against Montana State and two FCS playoff victories, vacating the school's participation in the FCS playoffs. Montana was also subjected to a probationary period and lost four scholarships in each of those years.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Montana Grizzlies, 2011 Schedule". cfbinfo.com. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "NCAA penalizes Montana football program". The Marshall News Messenger. Marshall, Texas. AP. July 27, 2013. p. B3. Retrieved February 10, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ http://www.montanagrizzlies.com/schedules/?s=170&g=100&m=37
  4. ^ a b c "NCAA penalizes Univ. of Montana over booster perks". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. July 26, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2014.