Tell the University of Montana not to hire Hauck. Women are more important than winning.
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We must send a clear message to the University of Montana and the athletic program that women are more important than winning.
On November 27, 2017 the University of Montana Grizzly Football team interviewed Bobby Hauck to fill the head coach position. Last time Hauck was head coach, Missoula ended up making national news over not only the despicable behavior of the players, but over the terrible way Hauck handled the situation with the press. Hauck's tenure brought disgrace to the Grizzlies, the University, and our community finally culminating in our town being the name of college rape on a national bestseller.
The University of Montana is sending a terrible message to students, women, and the community by even considering a rehire of the coach whose students were engaged in the shameful acts during his tenure.
Tell the University to set it's sights high. No to bar brawls. No to breaking and entering. No to recruiting criminals. No to rape. No to Hauck.
(complete list below via Missoulian reporter Dillon Kato).
July 2006 — Qwenton Freeman is charged with throwing a beer bottle at Westside Lanes, later pleading guilty to a misdemeanor and receiving a deferred sentence. He would later be charged with throwing a beer bottle at a man outside a bar in downtown Missoula, but was found not guilty after a trial.
June 2007 — Cornerback Jimmy Wilson is charged with shooting and killing a man in Los Angeles. His first trial ended in a hung jury, and he was acquitted at a second trial. Freeman allegedly witnessed the California incident, and is removed from the team in part because he refuses to cooperate with detectives.
September 2007 — Timothy Parks is charged with pointing a gun at a woman’s head and slapping her while he was trying to collect a debt, and later pleads guilty to a misdemeanor for partner assault.
November 2007 — Three UM football players face felony chargesfollowing a drug-related armed home invasion and robbery near campus. Greg Coleman, Mike Shelton and Jeramy Pate are among five people arrested on charges of robbery, burglary and aggravated kidnapping. Coleman and Shelton are arrested as the team returns home from a road game. Freeman, their former teammate who had been let go from the team earlier in the year after a different arrest, is also wanted in connection with the incident, and is arrested months later.
Coleman is also charged when police find marijuana in his dorm room after the robbery. Before transferring to UM, he had a prior conviction for assaulting a peace officer in Iowa.
Pate eventually pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and receives a six-year deferred sentence. Coleman, Shelton and Freeman plead guilty to a pair of felonies each and are sentenced to 10 years with the Department of Corrections, with five of those years suspended.
At the time of the home invasion, Freeman also has outstanding charges for allegedly slapping a woman outside of a downtown bar, and strangling his girlfriend and striking her in the head.
May 2008 — Offensive lineman J.D. Quinn is arrested for the second time in less than a year on a charge of driving under the influence.
September 2008 — Three players assault a UM student outside a dormitory building on campus, leaving him with a fractured jaw, concussion and chipped teeth. Andrew Douglass eventually pleads guilty to felony criminal endangerment and receives a two-year deferral of sentence. His football scholarship also is lost.
Cody von Appen receives a three-year deferred sentence with 21 days in jail after pleading no contest to felony criminal endangerment.
Justin Montelius pleads guilty to a misdemeanor and receives a one-year deferred jail sentence for his role in the incident. In November, Montelius is arrested for violating terms of his release by allegedly assaulting a second student.
October 2009 — Hauck refuses to answer questions from reporters at the UM student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin, after the paper reports on an alleged assault involving two players.
In the story, the Kaimin reported that players Trumaine Johnson and Andrew Swink assaulted a UM student after a party at a fraternity earlier in the year. The alleged incident was never reported to police. The student said Hauck called him after the incident and said the players would be disciplined.
Johnson and Swink are benched for one game, and when a Kaimin reporter asks Hauck about it, the coach covered up the recorder and refused to answer.
The facts in the story are never disputed, but Hauck chooses to stonewall the student journalists during press conferences throughout the month. National sportswriters at outlets including Sports Illustrated and ESPN pick up the story, criticizing Hauck and calling him “egomaniacal” and “a bully.” An ESPN reporter nicknames him “The Bum.”
August 2010 — Jimmy Wilson, who returned to the Griz after his manslaughter acquittal, is charged with biting a woman on the leg in Missoula. He eventually pleads guilty to disorderly conduct and receives a six-month deferred sentence.
September 2010 — Hauck recruit Beau Donaldson rapes a female friend sleeping on his couch. Donaldson eventually pleads guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and is sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 20 of those suspended.
October 2011 — Trumaine Johnson, as well as Griz quarterback Gerald Kemp, are arrested with the use of stun guns and charged with misdemeanors after Kemp hits a police officer who was called to investigate a noisy house party. Johnson resists efforts by officers to get him onto the ground. He and Kemp later plead no contest to a misdemeanor and are fined, and also sit out for one quarter of a football game. Kemp is dismissed from the teamin July 2012 for "violation of team rules."
February 2013 — Former U.S. Rep. and then-Board of Regents member Pat Williams, in an interview with the New York Times about the rape trial of Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson (which ended in acquittal), decries a history of “sex assaults, vandalism, beatings by football players,” adding “The university has recruited thugs for its football team, and this thuggery has got to stop.” Those comments are cited when the Board of Regents refuses to confirm Williams.
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