BOZEMAN, Montana — As he jogged to the rail that borders Dyche Field, Kane Ioane’s smile was brighter than the August sun hanging in the Bozeman sky.
As Montana State wrapped up its second practice of its fourth camp under head coach Jeff Choate, Ioane is in the middle of an entirely different experience. Reporting to fall camp during the dog days of summer has been a part of Ioane’s life since his days a standout two-way star at Billings Skyview in the late 1990s.
Life is decidedly different for Ioane now. The Bobcat legend — Ioane was a four-time All-American selection at safety for MSU between 2000 and 2003 — has never loved anything more than football. The natural-born coach exudes an energy and enthusiasm for the game that is hard to miss and has not dissipated one single drop.
During Sunday’s first fully padded practice, Ioane’s bark was the first and loudest heard. But nothing, not even the cracking of the pads, can put a bigger smile on the face of Montana State’s new defensive coordinator like the smile he displayed when his 14-month-old daughter Avah toddled onto the grass at Dyche Field following Saturday’s practice.
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