Despite media reports that Bob Stitt will be hired as the next Grizzly football coach, Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam maintained that no hire is pending.
Fox Sports first reported that Stitt, who recently completed his 15th season at the NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines, would replace the retired Mick Delaney as head man of the Griz program.
"To be honest, I haven't got anything I can announce right now," Haslam said. "The job has not been offered to anybody right now. When the time is right, we'll certainly make an announcement. I know everybody is really antsy for a decision."
Delaney announced his retirement last month, effective at the end of the 2014 season. That end came last Saturday at Eastern Washington, a 37-20 FCS playoff loss. He was 24-14 in three seasons with two playoff appearances.
Stitt, 50, was in a pool of other head coaching candidates that included Brent Pease, a former UM quarterback and currently an assistant at the University of Washington; and Ty Gregorak, the Grizzlies' defensive coordinator.
Former UM and UNLV coach Bobby Hauck and CSU-Pueblo's John Wristen were also mentioned during the coaching search.
An offensive innovator, Stitt is credited with inventing the "fly sweep," a quick end-around that sees the quarterback pitch the snap forward to a receiver in motion in the backfield. West Virginia utilized the play extensively while piling up 70 points against Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl.
Stitt posted a 108-62 overall record at the School of Mines and is the program’s all-time winningest coach. He led the Orediggers to a 10-2 record this fall that included a first-round playoff loss to Ohio Dominican.
A Nebraska native, Stitt played running back at NAIA Doane College and would later coach the offense at his alma mater following a short stay at Northern Colorado where he received a master’s degree. Stitt also served as a graduate assistant at that time.
His coaching résumé includes assistant work at Austin College in Texas and Harvard where he was an offensive coordinator before his hire at the School of Mines in 2000.
His Oredigger teams three times won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles, most recently this fall, and Stitt earned a pair of RMAC coach of the year nods.