Editor’s note: With the exception of the quotes from Montana State head coach Jeff Choate, the other quotes used in this story were provided by Montana State sports information director Bill Lamberty. Montana State was scheduled to start spring football practices on March 30 before the Big Sky Conference cancelled all spring sports activities last month.
BOZEMAN, Montana — As Montana State battled the elements in Bozeman for most of last spring, Jeff Choate made sure to reinforce his stance that he by and large wished the structure of playing football in March and April wasn’t considered necessary.
This spring, for much more dangerous elements completely out of Choate or anyone else’s control, Montana State did not conduct spring football. The Big Sky Conference announced the cancellation of all spring sports championships and activities just a few days before MSU was slated to open spring practices on March 30.
During a one-on-one interview with Skyline Sports on March 23, Choate expressed concern for his players’ academic standings given the cancellation of classes on the Montana State campus. He acknowledged his team’s desire to connect with each other and workout together, two things that will not be allowed in big groups for the foreseeable future given the COVID-19 pandemic that is owning the day across the globe.
But Choate also did not complain or bemoan the fact that his team will not navigate the 15 allowed spring practices granted by the NCAA, even though many teams in the Big Sky Conference did get some spring ball in and two schools — Portland State and UC Davis — completed the session.
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