It's been a rough month for Grizzly football, with the team for the first time in the history of Washington Grizzly Stadium, losing two straight games..Homecoming against Northern Arizona and Saturday against Southern Utah..losing both by an identical margin of 10 points.

The Grizzlies now stand at 3-4 overall and a shocking 1-3 in Big Sky Conference play. To say the least, Griz nation is not used to being under .500 at this point in the season.

Internet chat rooms and fan boards have been humming since Saturday's loss, and some are questioning whether first year head coach Mick Delaney should complete his two-year contract.

Newly-named University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam said Monday that he stands behind Mick Delaney 100%. He praises Delaney's leadership, his maturity, and his willingness to come out of retirement to coach the team after an extremely difficult year.

With one former player, Beau Donaldson, having plead guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and another, suspended quarterback Jordan Johnson facing a trial on the same charge, along with investigations by various agencies of the U. S. Government and the NCAA, the Montana Grizzly football program has been battered in the press, and now..on the field.  Haslam, though, praises Delaney's courage in accepting the position, and helping the players keep their minds on academics..and football.

Donaldson's sentencing is tentatively scheduled for November 13th, while the trial for Jordan Johnson will start on February 8th.

University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam