Pflugrad

Reports: Pflugrad to be Weber’s OC

2013-02-13T22:00:00Z 2013-11-15T17:17:50Z Reports: Pflugrad to be Weber’s OC missoulian.com

It appears Robin Pflugrad, fired as Montana’s coach a little over 10 months ago, is getting back into coaching at Weber State University.

A source confirmed Wednesday what first appeared on FootballScoop.com – that Pflugrad, who coached the Montana Grizzlies from 2010-11, would be Wildcat head coach Jody Sears’ offensive coordinator.

The person spoke to the Missoulian on condition of anonymity because Weber State has not made an announcement.

Attempts to reach Pflugrad were unsuccessful; Weber State sports information director Paul Grua said no announcements from the school were expected Wednesday.

Pflugrad’s new job keeps him in the Big Sky Conference – Weber State visits UM Nov. 16 – and means he’s replacing the guy he hired at UM a year ago, Timm Rosenbach.

Rosenbach spent one season as UM’s offensive coordinator and then left for Weber State shortly after the Grizzlies’ 16-7 loss to Montana State that ended a 5-6 season.

Rosenbach cited the opportunity to work for Sears, a football teammate in high school and at Washington State, but his tenure with the Wildcats lasted just two months. He left for UNLV on Jan. 16.

In will step Pflugrad, whose lengthy coaching career began at Portland State in 1982. In that time he has never been an offensive coordinator, though he brought Oregon’s spread-option, no-huddle offense to the Grizzlies in 2010.

Pflugrad was fired by UM, along with athletic director Jim O’Day, last March 29. The dismissals came not long after Pflugrad spoke highly of his embattled quarterback, Jordan Johnson, who is now on trial for rape in Missoula.

It was his only head coaching job, and came after two earlier runs at guiding the Griz in 2000 and 2003. Montana went 18-7 in his tenure, making the Football Championship Subdivisional semis in 2011.

In early December Pflugrad spoke at length with the Oregonian newspaper about his career being in limbo following the dismissal.

He allowed that his comments on Johnson were ill-chosen and that, “If I had stopped after saying, ‘He means a heckuva lot,’ I might still have a job.”

The Griz also faced allegations of a gang rape on the eve of their 2011 semifinal loss at Sam Houston State.

Neither that allegation, nor another allegation of a gang rape in 2010 that was publicized by independent investigator Diane Barz, resulted in charges. Still, UM has seen the NCAA come to town, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

“We didn’t have all angels,” Pflugrad told the Oregonian. “We had issues. We disciplined every single kid who in our opinion, deserved discipline.”

Pflugrad also said he’d worked hard to change the culture of a program he’d inherited from Bobby Hauck. Now Hauck, coaching the UNLV Rebels, has Rosenbach as his offensive coordinator (UNLV announced the hiring of Tim Hauck, Bobby’s brother, as defensive coordinator on Wednesday).

And Pflugrad is headed to Weber State, which had its share of upheaval in 2012 and went 2-9 in Sears’ first season.

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

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  1. Pistol
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    Pistol - February 14, 2013 1:05 pm
    My understanding is he is long gone if acquited. I hope your right, but I think a better bet would be him quarterbacking Weber State against us. He understands Pflugrad took a bullet for him, and I bet he appreciates it. He sat out last season, so is he eliglible immediately at Weber State? Would that be considered his red shirt year?
  2. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - February 14, 2013 9:54 am
    I wish him the best, whether his comments were appropriate or not. Weber has gained a good coach. It sounds like the experience has made Coach Phlugrad a bit wiser, which is how all experiences can work if we let them.
  3. golfer1
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    golfer1 - February 14, 2013 8:24 am
    sad that engstrom and willaims whoever else choose to fire robin, big gain for weber,
  4. Pistol
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    Pistol - February 14, 2013 7:59 am
    Pfugrad's comment that he was fired for vocally supporting Johnson is interesting. What if Johnson is acquited? Who jumped the gun then? Engstrom who put the football program back twenty years, harmed fundraising and enrollment? Or Pflugrad who got caught up in the moment when a young man who he knew a long time was cleared to return to the team?If Engstrom was a leader he would have called Pflugrad into his office, and advised him to keep his personal feelings about Johnson to himself. Now if this is true we'll have Pflugrad , one of the best recruiters in the west, and a good offensive mind against us. Plus because of his support of Johnson if Johnson is acquited he could end up the quarterback at Weber State.
  5. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - February 14, 2013 7:18 am
    Totally agree. Phlu was a good coach and happy he has an opportunity at Weber, which is not good news for the Griz. My dream now as a Griz fan is to find out all this with Johnson is a mistake and see him at qb against Phlu next November. I agree Ogden is not the promised land but apparently neither is Missoula at this point.,
  6. grizzled
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    grizzled - February 14, 2013 2:15 am
    Good for Pflu, after all he's been through. Watch out for Weber, now. He will return to WGS on Nov. 16. Ogden isn't the promised land, but its a lot better than where Engstrom will end up, in the end.
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