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Bobcats continuing culture change during months away from coaching staff

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Jeff Choate has a long list of ideas and critiques when it comes to the landscape of college football. From maximizing player welfare to ensuring the student-athlete experience is a memorable one, Choate has already established a reputation as a players’ coach during his eight months as the head coach of the Montana State Bobcats.

Choate has added a training table to the Bobcat football locker room to improve nutrition. He has gone to bat for transfers like cornerback John Walker to ensure he is accepted into graduate school at MSU. He has elected to give his players their entire stipend checks from their scholarships rather than withholding money in exchange for required trips to Miller Dining Hall like was the norm under former MSU head coach Rob Ash.

Jeff Choate has a long list of ideas and critiques when it comes to the landscape of college football. From maximizing player welfare to ensuring the student-athlete experience is a memorable one, Choate has already established a reputation as a players’ coach during his eight months as the head coach of the Montana State Bobcats.

Choate has added a training table to the Bobcat football locker room to improve nutrition. He has gone to bat for transfers like cornerback John Walker to ensure he is accepted into graduate school at MSU. He has elected to give his players their entire stipend checks from their scholarships rather than withholding money in exchange for required trips to Miller Dining Hall like was the norm under former MSU head coach Rob Ash.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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