Montana Grizzlies head football coach Mick Delaney confirmed Saturday that Kade Rannings is no longer the tight ends coach for the Griz, but that the first-year assistant remains with the team.

“He was reassigned,” said Delaney, now in his second year at the helm of the Grizzlies. He added that he couldn’t say what duties Rannings will have going forward.

“Not really,” he said. “It’s a human resources deal.”

Rannings was involved in an incident in downtown Missoula early on April 21, in which a bar window was broken. No charges have been filed in that incident.

A Twitter post said Rannings, who came to UM after five seasons at Colgate, had been demoted to video coordinator; as of Saturday his profile at UM’s athletics website, gogriz.com, says as much.

Rannings coached tight ends, fullbacks and running backs at different times at Colgate, and joined the Grizzlies as tight ends coach and video assistant in January. Spring drills ended on April 19 for the Griz.

Delaney said he would not be looking outside the program for another tight ends coach.

“I’ll do that within the staff,” he said. “Maybe it will be me. I’ve coached tight ends before.”

The Griz open the 2013 season on Aug. 31, with a home game against Appalachian State.

Reporter Fritz Neighbor can be reached at (406) 523-5247 or at fneighbor@missoulian.com.

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hellgatenights

This tradeoff of looking politically correct and retaining a substandard coach/staff will bear it's sour fruit AGAIN this season. Delaney will get the boot and Engstrom will bring in a nother 2nd rate "Nice guy" to ruin the team.

Once the highschool coaches catch on, they will persuade their best players to play elsewhere. If only the Regents did their job, Engstrom would be long gone and his staff and coach as well.

UMalumnus

Again you have a long history of anti-UM and anti-Griz comments on here. It was a broken window. Not that big a deal.

hellgatenights

That's right.....not a big deal, until Delaney made it a big deal. This is my point....every time someone passes gas now, Delaney et al hyperventilate, hold a kangaroo court and ruin someone's career. It all smells of cowardice and the desperation of a second rate coach to keep a job he does not deserve.

Bring back the good coaches.......and forget about a few broken windows. Like I have said many times, this mess will not unwind until Engstrom gets his walking papers that he justly deserves.

hellgatenights

Here is our coaches record.......read....and weep:

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Montana Bulldogs (Frontier Conference) (1991–1992)
1991 Western Montana 3–5
1992 Western Montana 2–6–1
Western Montana: 5–11–1
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Montana 5–6 3–5 T–8th
Montana: 5–6 3–5
Total: 10–17–1

hellgatenights

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Montana Bulldogs (Frontier Conference) (1991–1992)
1991 Western Montana 3–5
1992 Western Montana 2–6–1
Western Montana: 5–11–1
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2012–present)
2012 Montana 5–6 3–5 T–8th
Montana: 5–6 3–5
Total: 10–17–1

old farmer

They shot the messenger, when they fired Pat Williams. It makes me mad they got rid of Pat when it was the only time I ever thought he was right. Win the game, trash the town.

UMalumnus

Pat Williams used a racially loaded term to describe not just a few bad apples but ALL Griz athletes. He tried to talk it back but it was too little too late.

old farmer

I didn't know "THUG" was a racially loaded term.

Mr Kokanee

Like anyone with a online name Meet n Cheese knows anything about football. Yes, it is not I-A football there stud but it is still good football for this level. Oops, I referred to you as "stud" but with a name like Meet n Cheese you are probably a woman. My apologies, Miss.

us citizen

why is this guy still with the univesity he's a bad infiuence on these players he supposed to be a role model

ScottAftem

Why are there still no charges filled in this case? Just because you're a Griz, you shouldn't get a free pass to stumble around drunk and destroy other people's property!

You must be high

The property owner refused to press charges. Why does it always have to be a "Griz" issue??

Pistol

Are the police investigating the local watering hole for serving minors? Didn't these incidents occur at the same bar?

70seebs

"I've coached tight ends before..." That should be the twitter feed of the day.

Meet_n_Cheese

It's like they play against any real teams anyway.

Mr Kokanee

Like anyone with a online name Meet n Cheese knows anything about football. Yes, it is not I-A football there stud but it is still good football for this level. Oops, I referred to you as "stud" but with a name like Meet n Cheese you are probably a woman. My apologies, Miss.

montanamuralist
montanamuralist

"....I have coached tight ends before." I want to know why Engstrom fired Phlu and O'Day at an early morning meeting for sticking up for our qb ( found not guilty by the way) and Delaney gets to stay here when his staff behaves poorly. Can someone explain that to me please? Other than the obvious which is Engstrom is an idiot and should be fired himself? Preferably at an early morning meeting without any warning and in front of staff.

UMalumnus

Because while Delaney has been transparent, Pflugrad and O'Day were not. We also don't know and shouldn't all that went on. Why shouldn't we know? Because like any organization, or most anyway, HR issues cannot be disclosed due to privacy laws.

Pistol

How do you know Pflugrad and ODay weren't transparent? My understanding was Pflugrad was working with Missoula police to get the facts. He also had a detective speak to the team about sexual assault and other issues. He also defended his quarterback when he was allowed to practice. It was Engstrom's response of firing him for being to transparent. Engstrom's coverup of the Arab student being tipped off, was the real obstruction of justice.

Pistol

The head coach can't say where the accused coach was reassigned ? It's a human resource issue? Any head coach should be able to make the decision, and after informing the AD announce his decision. This school like so many is to political correct. MSU gives out an injury report, UM doesn't because of privacy rights.

Western Wisdom

This 'reassignment' should come with a limited tenure, and accompanying reduction in salary. Life is tough....it's even tougher when you're stupid.

mtmike

Einstein, he's a coach....they don't get tenure. Perhaps you should take your own advice.

Western Wisdom

tenure is defined as the holding or possession of anything, not as a contractual agreement, hence, his reciept of monetary value from the University should be limited. Pull up a seat next o amabo, pinhead, and review the dictionary you obviously overlooked in school

Amabo

When will all this stop? Of course, Pat Williams was RIGHT! Time to do away with the football program!

Western Wisdom

I don't know who you get any less believable or deserving that to pick a screen name by spelling backwords the least credible president the United States has ever seen. Go home. Sit down. Shut up.

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