Big Sky Conference
The Big Sky Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I, with football competing in the Football Championship Subdivision. Member institutions are located in the western United States in the nine states of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, four affiliate members each participate in one sport. Two schools from California are football-only participants, and two schools from the Northeast participate only in mens golf, the name Big Sky came from the popular 1947 western novel by A. B. Guthrie Jr. The 2012–13 season marked the completion of 50 years of competition and 25 years sponsoring women’s collegiate athletics. Before the season the league introduced a new logo to celebrate this, the 25th season of women’s athletics marked a first for the league, as Portland State won the league’s inaugural softball championship. Womens sports were conducted in the Mountain West Athletic Conference. The Big Sky sponsors championships in 16 sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, golf and outdoor track and field, there are championships in football, and in women’s volleyball and softball.
All 12 of the Big Skys full members will play football in the conference once Idaho drops from the FBS to FCS in 2018, North Dakota will leave the non-football side of the Big Sky in 2018 to join the Summit League. The football team remain in the Big Sky until 2020. Notes Gonzaga, which has not fielded a team since 1941, was a charter member in 1963. Each core member institution is required to participate in all of the 13 core sports, mens core sports are basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, and tennis. Womens core sports are basketball, cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis participate as football-only affiliates, otherwise participating in the Big West Conference. Binghamton and Hartford are affiliates in mens golf only, otherwise participating in the America East Conference, before the 2014–15 school year, the latter two schools had participated in mens golf alongside five full Big Sky members in the single-sport America Sky Conference.
The return of Idaho brought the number of participating in mens golf to six. The Big Sky is unusual among Division I all-sports conferences in not sponsoring baseball, the conference originally sponsored baseball, with all members participating. When Boise State and Northern Arizona arrived for the 1971 season, competition was split into two divisions of four each, with the winners in a best-of-three championship series. Montana State and Montana soon dropped the sport and by the 1973 season, only six teams remained but the divisions were kept, in May 1974, the Big Sky announced its intention to discontinue five of its ten sponsored sports. It retained football, cross-county and wrestling, and dropped conference competition in baseball, tennis, swimming, of the eleven Big Sky baseball titles, four each went to Idaho and Gonzaga, and three to Weber State
Joe Glenn (American football)
Joseph Cassidy Glenn is a former American football coach and former player. He was the football coach at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He was named head coach on December 5,2011 after the athletic director, David Sayler. Glenn served as the football coach at Doane College, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Montana. He won two NCAA Division II National Football Championships at Northern Colorado, in 1996 and 1997, Glenn served as backfield coach at the University of South Dakota in 1974. He was a coach at Northern Arizona University in 1975. Glenns first head coaching job was at Doane College in Crete, there he was the youngest head college football coach at 27 years of age. While at Doane he compiled a 21–18–1 record over four seasons, after Doane, Glenn made his first stint at the University of Montana as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator from 1980 to 1985. He was out of coaching in 1986, in 1987, he joined the staff at University of Northern Colorado as quarterbacks and kicking coach.
He was named coach of UNC for the 1989 season. Prior to coaching at Montana, Glenn led the Division II University of Northern Colorado to two NCAA Division II Football Championships in 1996 and 1997, Glenn spent eleven seasons at UNC, with a 98–35 record. Glenn coached at Montana for three seasons, from 2000 to 2002, and compiled a 39–6 record, in 2001, the Grizzlies won the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship, defeating Furman in the title game. The year before, the Grizzlies finished as the NCAA Division I-AA runner-up, in 2002, Montana finished in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Over a three-year period and his staff took a team won only five games in the three previous seasons to a Las Vegas Bowl win in two seasons. The 24–21 victory over UCLA on December 23,2004 marked the first bowl appearance for Wyoming in 11 years, in 2005, after starting 4–1, including a victory over the Ole Miss, the Cowboys went on a six-game losing skid, finishing 4–7. The 2006 season was one which saw the Cowboys picked to finish last in the conference, after an opening day victory over Utah State, the Cowboys suffered four heartbreaking losses, two of them in overtime.
Then the Cowboys fortunes began to shift, the team enjoyed a four-game winning streak, all against conference opponents. The Cowboys next two games were both embarrassing road losses, the first against TCU, in which managed only a field goal
It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States. No minor league farm organizations exist in American football and it is in college football where a players performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players will declare for the professional draft after 3 to 4 years of collegiate competition. Those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as a free agent. Even after the emergence of the professional National Football League, college football remained extremely popular throughout the U. S, in many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seating, as opposed to individual seats with backs and arm rests. This allows them to more fans in a given amount of space than the typical professional stadium. College athletes, unlike players in the NFL, are not permitted by the NCAA to be paid salaries, colleges are only allowed to provide non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition and books.
Modern North American football has its origins in various games, all known as football, by the 1840s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport known as Rugby football. The game was taken to Canada by British soldiers stationed there and was soon being played at Canadian colleges, the first documented gridiron football match was a game played at University College, a college of the University of Toronto, November 9,1861. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was William Mulock, a football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear. In 1864, at Trinity College, a college of the University of Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland, modern Canadian football is widely regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians. The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional mob football played in England.
The games remained largely unorganized until the 19th century, when games of football began to be played on college campuses. Each school played its own variety of football, Princeton University students played a game called ballown as early as 1820. A Harvard tradition known as Bloody Monday began in 1827, which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes, in 1860, both the town police and the college authorities agreed the Bloody Monday had to go. The Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a figure called Football Fightum. The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was again played at Harvard. Dartmouth played its own version called Old division football, the rules of which were first published in 1871, all of these games, and others, shared certain commonalities
Frederick William Fred Schule was an American track and field athlete, football player, athletic coach, teacher and engineer. He competed for the track and field teams at the University of Wisconsin from 1900 to 1901 and he was a member of the undefeated 1903 Michigan Wolverines football team that outscored its opponents 565 to 6. In 1904, Schule won the medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis. From 1905 to 1907, he was employed as the director of the gymnasium and coach of the football and basketball teams at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Schule worked as a teacher in Wausau and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked as an engineer and superintendent for Westinghouse Lamp Company, in 2008, he was posthumously inducted into the University of Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame. Schule was born in Preston, Iowa in 1879 and his father, Frederick Schule, was an immigrant from Germany who was employed as a physician. His mother, Sophia Schule, was an immigrant from Germany and he had four older sisters, Augusta and Sophia.
At the time of the 1880 United States Census, the family was living in Fairfield Township, Jackson County, Schule began his collegiate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the track and field team from 1899 to 1900. In 1900, Schule won the Big Ten Conference championship in the jump, becoming the first Wisconsin Badgers athlete to win a Big Ten championship in track. He repeated as Big Ten champion in the jump in 1901 with a distance of 22 feet. Schule received a bachelor of degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1901 in bacteriology. After receiving his degree, Schule worked as a bacteriologist for the Chicago Sanitary District for five months and he returned to the University of Wisconsin for post graduate studies and as a fellow in bacteriology. From 1902 to 1903, he taught physics at a school in Wausau. He was the Amateur Athletic Union champion in 120 yd hurdles in 1903, in the fall of 1903, Schule enrolled at the University of Michigan where he studied chemistry.
He received a degree from Michigan in 1904. While attending Michigan, Schule was a member of the 1903 Michigan Wolverines football team coached by Fielding H. Yost, the 1903 football team compiled a record of 11-0-1 and outscored its opponents 565 to 6. In February 1904, Schule announced that he would compete for the 1904 Michigan Wolverines mens track
Montana Grizzlies football
The Montana Grizzlies football program represents the University of Montana in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision of college football. The Grizzlies have competed in the Big Sky Conference, where it is a founding member and they play their home games on campus in Missoula at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, where they had an average attendance of 24,380 in 2013. The Grizzlies had a season from 1986–2011. In Washington-Grizzly Stadium they have a percentage of.890 including playoffs. They hold the records for most playoff appearances in a row, Big Sky Conference titles in a row and their success made them the most successful program in all college football in the 2000s and third most successful team in FCS in the 1990s. The University of Montanas first football season was in 1897 where they won a game against future rival Montana State. The team played only schools from Montana until it helped found the Northwest Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1902, in addition to Montana, this original Northwest Conference included Washington, Washington State, Oregon State and Whitman College.
Despite the associations stated goal of increasing intercollegiate athletics, Montana continued to only the nearest teams. More unfortunate for the team, it would not win a game against a conference opponent until a 10-0 win over Washington State in 1914, Montana joined the conference in 1924 and remained through the 1949 season. Montana won only nine games, and never played a home game against a team from the state of California. No team was organized in 1918, due to World War I, Record, vs. CatsDoug Fessenden was the first Montana coach to last more than five years and was the first to end his career with a winning record that coached more than two years. The program was on hiatus for the 1943 and 1944 seasons, of the six teams in the northern division of the PCC, only Washington continued through the war. In 1948, the Montana board of education announced that it was de-emphasizing athletics at the state university, the conference was only preferable to having no conference affiliation. In 1951, Montana joined the Mountain States Conference, popularly known as the Skyline Conference and it would compete here until the conference dissolved in 1962, never having a winning season and not winning more than three games until 1960.
In 1963, Montana joined Gonzaga, Idaho State, Weber State, following a 1–9 season in 1966, University of Montana president Robert T. Pantzer announced in December the hiring of Jack Swarthout, a former quarterback/halfback/end from Montana. Swarthout brought on Jack Elway as an assistant and they improved the team immediately to 7–3 in their first season, within two years, Swarthout guided the team to back-to-back undefeated regular seasons in 1969 and 1970 and Montanas first Big Sky Conference titles. Continued success was expected, but a season in 1971 was followed by a work-study scandal that eventually led to Swarthouts resignation. Though Swarthout was found innocent, the charges hurt recruiting and the government decided to withdraw financial support for athletic programs
Frank W. Milburn
Frank William Milburn was a general in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War. Milburn attended the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a lieutenant in June 1914, during World War I, Milburn served in the Panama Canal Zone. Subsequently, Milburn served in a variety of assignments, among them the 5th, 33rd, 15th. A1933 graduate of the Command and General Staff School, Milburn was promoted to Brigadier General in early 1942 and he was again promoted in September 1942 to the rank of Major General. Milburn commanded the 83rd Division until December 1943, when he took over the newly formed U. S. XXI Corps, Milburn commanded the XXI Corps for the remainder of World War II in Europe as part of the U. S. Seventh Army under General Alexander Patch, Milburns XXI Corps played a decisive role in collapsing the Colmar Pocket in February 1945. In his The History of the French First Army, General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny described General Milburn in this manner, frank W.
Milburn arrive at Rothau at 10. S. Postwar, Milburns tour of command of the XXI Corps ended in July 1945, Milburn served briefly as the acting commander for the Seventh Army and the XXIII Corps. Milburn commanded the U. S. V Corps from November 1945 until June 1946, from June 1946 until May 1949, Milburn commanded the U. S. Promoted to Lieutenant General in 1949, Milburn served as the deputy commander of U. S. Army Europe until 1950, during the Korean War, Milburn temporarily commanded the U. S. IX Corps in August 1950. From September 1950 until June 1951, Milburn commanded the U. S, I Corps during the Korean War, supervising the invasion of North Korea in October and November 1950. For two days in December 1950, following the Chinese intervention into the conflict, Milburn was the commander of the U. S. Milburns career is remarkable for having commanded five corps of the U. S. Army and he retired from military service in April 1952 and worked briefly as the athletic director at the University of Montana.
The History of the French First Army, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.1952. Jeffrey J. Clarke and Robert Ross Smith, U. S. Army World War II Corps Commanders. Fort Leavenworth and General Staff College,1989, frank W. Milburn at the College Football Data Warehouse
Bunny Oakes was an American football player and coach. Oakes was born September 15,1898 in Fort Wayne, Oakes grew up in the Chicago area and played high school football at Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois. Oakes enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1917, and he saw combat action with the 5th Marines in a number of major engagements and was wounded on October 4,1918. Staying with his following the armistice, Oakes played football with the championship 2nd Battalion. Following the war, Oakes enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, as a senior at Illinois in 1923, he played on the national championship-winning Fighting Illini football team and participated in the first game at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Following graduation from Illinois, Oakes was named the line coach at the University of Tennessee under head coach M. B. Banks. In 1926, Oakes was named the coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln under Ernest Bearg. Oakess first head coaching assignment came in 1931 when he was named as the football coach at the University of Montana.
During his tenure at Montana, Oakes wrote and had published his book, the book quickly became an important text for coaches and players throughout the country. It was during this period in his career that he received several patents for football blocking equipment. His dummies were the earliest mobile blocking equipment available to schools, in 1934, Oakes was named the head football coach at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His teams at Colorado won Rocky Mountain Conference titles during the 1935 and 1937 seasons, the 1939 Colorado team placed first in the Mountain States Conference. Oakess record for the five years at Colorado was 25–15–1 with a mark of 24–6–1. Oakes returned to the University of Illinois in 1940, where he earned a Master of Science degree, in April 1941, Oakes took over as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming. With the onset of World War II, intercollegiate athletics were suspended in 1943 and Oakes concentrated on training of Army. Following the war, Oakes resumed his position as coach for the 1946 season.
Oakes completed his collegiate coaching career at Grinnell College in Grinnell. Assuming duties as head coach and athletic director at Grinnell in 1947
Jerry Williams (American football)
Jerry Ralph Williams was an American football player and coach who served as the head coach of two Canadian Football League teams, as well as the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. Williams was a native of Spokane, Washington and he attended North Central high school where he was an all-city running back and All-Inland Empire Athlete of the Year as a three-sport athlete. Graduating in 1942, Williams enrolled at the University of Idaho, Williams became a fighter pilot flying P-38s in the Pacific theater. One of his most notable missions was as an escort to both Japanese and American dignitaries traveling to Tokyo Bay and the peace signing on the USS Missouri in 1945. Returning from the war efforts Williams enrolled at Washington State University where he played both offense and defensive Halfback for the WSU Cougars from 1946–1948 and he set the Pacific Coast Conference kickoff return record and led the Cougars in total offense in his senior season at WSU. Most notable was a punt return of 97 yards against Oregon in 47 and kickoff returns of 88 and 87 yards against Montana, in Williams senior season he earned All-Coast honors accumulating 1,500 all-purpose yards.
He participated in both the East-West Shrine game and College All-Star Classic before joining the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL. Drafted in the round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Williams played four seasons with the team. During his first three seasons the Rams made three trips to the NFL title game winning the 1951 NFL Championship. In his first season Williams intercepted five passes, the most memorable image of his Rams career however came in the 1951 regular season finale against the Green Bay Packers on December 16. Williams desire to play on the side of the ball led to his request to be traded and on May 12,1953. He proceeded to lead the Eagles in total offense during his first season, Williams served in the capacity of player-coach in 1954 before leaving the playing field for the coaching ranks. Football wasnt the only endeavor that led to calls for Williams as he escaped with his life on two separate occasions during harrowing crash landings of small aircraft. And again on October 3,1957, Williams with 14 of his players, while en route to Provo, coach Shaw retired after the 1960 season but new coach Nick Skorich kept Williams on his staff until their dismissal at the conclusion of the 1963 NFL season.
New ownership and the arrival of new coach/GM in Joe Kuharich led to Williams accepting an assistant coaching position with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders, shortly after the conclusion of the 1964 season Williams was elevated to head coach and compiled a 40-23-1 record over the next four years. After dropping four exhibition games preceding the 1971 NFL season Williams was released, replaced by Ed Khayat, on January 19,1972, Williams returned to the CFL when he was named head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In just his first season the Ti-Cats reached the pinnacle of Canadian Professional football winning the Grey Cup in a 13-10 thriller over the Western Conference champion Saskatchewan Roughriders, Williams resigned after four seasons with the Tiger-Cats on December 12,1975 following a 5-10-1 season. In his four years with Hamilton, Williams compiled a 30-29-1 record, after briefly turning to ranching in Arizona Williams made one last foray into football returning as offensive coordinator with the Calgary Stampeders
Theodore E. Ted Shipkey was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. Playing football at Stanford University from 1924 to 1926, he was a two-time and he was the head basketball coach at Arizona State from 1930 to 1933, tallying a mark of 32–30. Shipkey played end for Stanford under Pop Warner, and was an All-American in 1925 and 1926. He played in two Rose Bowls, and scored Stanfords only touchdowns in both the 1925 Rose Bowl, which Stanford lost to Notre Dame, 27–10, and the 1927 Rose Bowl, from 1930 to 1932, he coached at Arizona State, and compiled a 13–10–2 record. From 1937 to 1941 he coached at New Mexico, where he compiled a 30–17–2 record, from 1949 to 1951, he coached at Montana, where he compiled a 12–16 record. Ted Shipkey at the College Football Data Warehouse
Bernard W. Bernie Bierman was an American football player and coach of football and basketball. He coached from 1919 to 1950 except for a span during World War II when he served in the U. S. armed forces. At Minnesota, Biermans Golden Gophers compiled a 93–35–6 record, won five championships and seven Big Ten Conference titles. Bierman was the basketball coach at Montana, Mississippi State. Bierman grew up in Litchfield and was married to Clara McKenzie Bierman and they had two sons, William A. Bierman, a lawyer in St. Paul and James Bierman, of Los Angeles, California. Bierman was a brother of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, Bernie Bierman at the College Football Hall of Fame Bernie Bierman at the College Football Data Warehouse Bernie Bierman at College Basketball at Sports-Reference. com
University of Montana
The University of Montana is a public research university in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. Founded in 1893, the university is the second largest of the Montana University System, second to Montana State University, the main campus is at the foot of Mount Sentinel, the hill bearing Missoulas most recognizable landmark, a large hillside letter M. The University of Montana ranks 17th in the nation and fifth among universities in producing Rhodes Scholars. The University of Montana has 11 Truman Scholars,14 Goldwater Scholars and 40 Udall Scholars to its name, the University of Montanas Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library houses the earliest authorized edition of the Lewis and Clark journals. Rolling Stone labelled the university the most scenic campus in America and Outside magazine called it among the top 10 colleges nationally for combining academic quality, an act of Congress of February 18,1881 dedicated 72 sections in Montana Territory for the creation of the University. Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8,1889, the cities bids were supported by the rival Copper Kings, William A.
Clark and Marcus Daly, respectively. Missoula won the vote for the new university at the Third Montana Legislative Assembly in February 1893. The University was formally opened in 1895, while plans for a university campus were progressing, classes were temporarily held at nearby Willard School. The South Missoula Land Company, owned by A. B. Hammond, Richard Eddy and Marcus Daly, in June 1898 the cornerstone for A. J. Gibson designed University Hall was laid and Missoula became the University City, the University of Montana comprises eleven full colleges and schools, College of Humanities & Sciences, Phyllis J. The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences is divided into five academic departments, in 1914, the University of Montana School of Law became a member of The Association of American Law Schools and in 1923, the School received accreditation from the American Bar Association. For the fall 2014 term, University of Montana offered admission to 4,956 freshmen out of 5,345 applicants, the first set of buildings were set up around the oval in 1895.
Since that time, various plans and architectural styles have been used. Today the campus consists of 220 acres and is bordered to the east by Mount Sentinel, landmarks include, The Oval A3 acres swath of grass running east to west, marking the traditional center of the university. Today it is divided into quadrants by two intersecting paths, though originally the oval was solid grass and forbidden to be crossed by students. A double row of trees was planted around the oval on Arbor Day 1896, the original gravel driveway that once surrounded the Oval has been replaced by sidewalk. The original master plan of the university called for all buildings to face the center of the oval, but this proved difficult. On the western extreme of the Oval is a grizzly bear statue created by ceramic artist
Robert Allen Stitt is the head football coach for the University of Montana Grizzlies, a position he assumed in December 2014. He previously served in the capacity at the Colorado School of Mines from 2000 to 2014. Stitt was born in June 1964 in Tecumseh, Stitt studied offense at the University of Northern Colorado under Kay Dalton, receiving his masters degree there. He returned to Doane as its offensive coordinator for four years, in 2000, Stitt was hired as the head coach at Colorado School of Mines. In 2004, CSM won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference crown and that same season, quarterback Chad Friehauf won the Harlon Hill Trophy, the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best player in NCAA Division II football. In both 2006 and 2008, CSM appeared in the Dixie Rotary Bowl, and they won the RMAC title in the 2010 season. In Stitts first football game as a Division I coach, Montana upset four-time defending FCS Nation Champions North Dakota State, 38-35, Colorado Mines profile Bob Stitt at the College Football Data Warehouse