Montana State

Choate emphasizing silver linings to Bobcats despite disappointments

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Jeff Choate spent more than a decade as a high school history teacher before he ever started coaching college football.

During strange times that sometimes seem like they couldn’t possibly get any stranger, most of the dialogue provided by Montana State’s head football coach has centered upon any silver lining he can find as his team, the MSU campus, the state of Montana and the world at large endures a global pandemic. And he’s encouraged his players to embrace the historical aspect of this once in a lifetime experience.

“One thing I told them is, ‘You guys are all primary sources of history,” Choate said in an interview in April. “You should journal. Your grandkids are going to ask you about this. This is an event like September 11, Corona Virus, these are historical markers. You don’t know exactly what to do.

“But like I told them, take care of your 20 square feet, guys. If the CDC says this, if your local government says this, if I am telling you this, just do it. Have the personal discipline to do it. If you really want to play football any time soon, make some sacrifices now and encourage other people to do the same thing.”

Jeff Choate spent more than a decade as a high school
history teacher before he ever started coaching college football.

During strange times that sometimes seem like they couldn’t possibly get any stranger, most of the dialogue provided by Montana State’s head football coach has centered upon any silver lining he can find as his team, the MSU campus, the state of Montana and the world at large endures a global pandemic. And he's encouraged his players to embrace the historical aspect of this once in a lifetime experience.

“One thing I told them is, ‘You guys are all primary sources of history,” Choate said in an interview in April. “You should journal. Your grandkids are going to ask you about this. This is an event like September 11, Corona Virus, these are historical markers. You don’t know exactly what to do.

“But like I told them, take care of your 20 square feet,
guys. If the CDC says this, if your local government says this, if I am telling
you this, just do it. Have the personal discipline to do it. If you really want
to play football any time soon, make some sacrifices now and encourage other
people to do the same thing.”

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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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