The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Posts Tagged ‘Bob Stitt’

Griz Enter Bye Week With Hot Hand on Offense

By ERIC TABER - After seven straight weeks of action, the Montana football team will take some well-earned rest this Saturday during the bye week.... more

Offense Rolls in Season-Opening Victory

By ERIC TABER - Montana rolled to a 45-23 victory over Valparaiso to open the 2017 football season.... more

Fall Camp Closes With Special Visit from Griz Legend

By ERIC TABER - Former Grizzly running back and six-year NFL veteran Chase Reynolds returned to Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Wednesday to address the team.... more

Great Griz Encounter Set For Aug. 24

By ERIC TABER - The 22nd "Great Griz Encounter"meet-and-greet with the 2017 UM football players and coaches will take place in Caras Park on Thursday, August 24.... more

Griz Open Camp August 6

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies' football season officially gets underway on Sunday, August 6, when the 2017 squad reports for fall camp.... more

Three Griz Get Preseason All-Big Sky Nods

By ERIC TABER - A trio of Montana football standouts have been named to the 2017 preseason All-Big Sky team.... more

Montana-Washington Tickets on Sale Starting May 1

By ERIC TABER - Single-game tickets for the University of Montana's 2017 football game at the University of Washington are set to go on sale next week.... more

Montana To Play Home-And-Home Series With South Dakota

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies have agreed to a future home-and-home football series with the South Dakota Coyotes of the Missouri Valley Football Conference beginning in 2019 and concluding in 2022.... more

Montana Football: Griz Cap Spring Drills in Butte on Saturday

By ERIC TABER - After more than a month of practice, the Montana Grizzlies will finish the spring football season at 1 p.m. on Saturday at historic Naranche Stadium in Butte, America.... more

Bright spots on both sides of the ball at first Griz scrimmage

By ERIC TABER - After nearly a month of practice, the Montana Grizzlies got their first taste of live football in the team's first scrimmage of the spring.... more

Cats Grind Out Win Over Griz on the Ground

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies' (6-5, 3-5 BSC) season came to a close on Saturday in Missoula, as the Montana State Bobcats (4-7, 2-6) pulled off an improbable 24-17 win.... more

Griz Start Slow, Fall to Northern Colorado 28-25

By ERIC TABER- The road woes that have plagued the Montana football team all season continued on Saturday. The Griz fell to Northern Colorado in Greeley 28-25.... more

Record-Setting Griz Roll Past Idaho State

By ERIC TABER- Backup quarterback, Chad Chalich re-wrote Montana's record books on Saturday, passing for seven touchdowns and rushing for another in a 62-44 win over Idaho State.... more

Lumberjacks Run Past Grizzlies 45-34

By ERIC TABER- Northern Arizona scored on its first play of the game, a 74-yard pass play, and the Lumberjacks never looked back in posting a 45-34 victory over Montana Saturday in Flagstaff.... more

Griz Train Rolls 68-7 Over Scramento State

By ERIC TABER-In 100-plus years of Griz football, Montana has never posted back-to-back games of 60 points or more. It did just that against the Hornets, winning 68-7 in front of 25,351 fans on Saturday.... more

Griz Beat Thunderbirds 43-20 on Homecoming

By ERIC TABER-The No. 11. Montana Grizzlies offense racked up 600 yards of offense and the defense threw a clutch third quarter shutout to win a 43-20 in a homecoming victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.... more

Defense Leads Way in Upset at No. 3 Northern Iowa

By ERIC TABER-Montana failed to score in the second half, but it didn't matter. A dominating defensive performance led No. 14 Montana to a 20-14 upset win on the road against No. 3 Northern Iowa. ... more

Griz Score 35 Second-Half Points to Beat Saint Francis

By ERIC TABER-It was a tale of two halves for the Montana offense on Saturday, as they scored 35 of their 41 points in the second half, overcoming a 10-6 Saint Francis halftime lead to win 41-31.... more

Griz Running Backs Set to Play Key Role in 2016

By ERIC TABER - Upon first glance of the Montana Grizzlies' pass-happy offense under head coach Bob Stitt, it might be easy for fans to forget about the running backs.... more

Griz Football: Fall Camp Enters Home Stretch

By ERIC TABER - Fresh off a day's rest, the Montana Grizzlies returned to the field inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Monday morning for the 14th practice of fall camp.... more

Experience and Versatility Key to Success of a Strong D-line

By ERIC TABER - The 2016 Grizzlies will once again boast one of the nation's best D-lineman in second-year starter, and second-year heir to the #37 throne, Caleb Kidder. ... more

Griz Show All-Around Strength in First Scrimmage

By ERIC TABER - Montana opens the 2016 campaign on Sept. 3 against Saint Francis, under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. ... more

Griz Open Camp Ranked No. 13

By ERIC TABER - On the eve of the 2016 fall camp opening practice, the Montana Grizzlies will take the field ranked as the No. 13 team in the nation.... more

Griz Tabbed as Big Sky Runner-Up

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana Grizzlies have been picked to finish second in the 2016 Big Sky Conference preseason polls by both the media and the league coaches.... more

Griz Top FCS in Attendance for Second-Straight Season

By ERIC TABER - For the second-straight season the Montana has packed in more fans than any other program in FCS football, and in 2015 dew more fans than 44 FBS programs as well.... more

Maroon Pulls Out Victory Over White in Spring Game

By ERIC TABER - Senior quarterback Brady Gustafson piled up 300 yards passing, completing 15 of 32 passes to lead the Maroon team to a 27-26 win over the White team in the spring game.... more

Offense Gets Rolling in Second Griz Scrimage

By ERIC TABER-The UM corps of running backs blew up for 207 yards and three touchdowns in the Griz football squad’s second scrimmage of the 2016 spring season on Saturday. ... more

Schillinger Returns Home as Safeties Coach at UM

By ERIC TABER-Former Montana All-Big Sky Conference and NFL safety Shann Schillinger returns as a safeties coach under Griz head coach Bob Stitt.... more

Grizzlies Announce Incoming Class of 2016

By ERIC TABER-Montana head coach Bob Stitt unveiled his second recruiting class Wed., welcoming 31 players to UM on national signing day.... more

Holmes Picks Up Second Big Sky Player of the Week Award

By ERIC TABER-Tyrone Holmes has been named the BSC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.... more

Griz Move Up in Rankings, Playoff Picture Taking Shape

Playoff hopes remain alive following Montana’s 57-16 dismantling of then No. 10 EWU. The Grizzlies have moved up to No. 17 in both the FCS media and Coaches’ polls.... more

Big Plays Doom Montana in 35-16 Loss at Portland State

By JOEL CARLSON-Three first-quarter interceptions and a steady game-long downpour held Montana in check as the Vikings rolled to a 35-16 victory over the Grizzlies Saturday afternoon.... more

Crittenden a Finalist for College Football’s Premiere Scholar-Athlete Award

By ERIC TABER - Montana football team captain Derek Crittenden has been announced as one of 12 finalists for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy.... more

Simis Earns Accolades, Griz Move Up After UND Win

By ERIC TABER - When you tie the Montana school record for touchdown passes in a single game, in your first college football start, people sit up and take notice.... more

Simis Shines in Montana Victory Over North Dakota

By ERIC TABER (PHOTO GALLERY) (PHOTO GALLERY) Making his first career start as a Grizzly, Makena Simis tied the UM school record for touchdown passes in a game leading Montana to a 42-16 victory over North Dako... more

Montana Hosts North Dakota in Key Big Sky Matchup

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies take on the University of North Dakota on Saturday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30pm.... more

Griz Fall to Wildcats in Overtime

By ERIC TABER (PHOTO GALLERY) Montana takes its first Big Sky Conference loss on the season, moving to 2-1 in league play and 3-3 overall, heading into a bye week.... more

Griz Return Home to Face Weber State

By ERIC TABER- Tickets still remain for the Griz vs Weber State game, this Saturday, Oct. 10. Kick-off is at 2PM.... more

Montana Moves to 2-0 in Big Sky with 27-13 Road Win over UC Davis

By ERIC TABER- Montana's Chad Chalich threw three touchdown passes, and the defense forced four turnovers in a 27-13 victory Saturday afternoon at Davis, Calif.... more

Griz Start Fast, Hold Off Lumberjacks in Big Sky Opener (PHOTO GALLERY)

By ERIC TABER-Montana rode a dominant defensive effort and a balanced offense to a 23-14 victory over Northern Arizona on Homecoming at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

Griz Lose at Liberty 31-21

By ERIC TABER- The Montana football team lost 31-21 at Liberty Saturday night in Lynchburg, Va., in a battle of ranked teams and in front of a record crowd.... more

Montana Hits the Road to Face #14 Liberty

By ERIC TABER- The Montana Grizzlies hit the road for the first time this season, traveling east of the Mississippi River to face the Flames of Liberty University.... more

Griz Lead the FCS with Eight NFL Players

By ERIC TABER - The 2015 NFL season officially gets underway this week and after the last round of cuts, the Montana Grizzlies have become the best represented FCS team in the league.... more

Cal Poly Stuns Montana on Late Field Goal (PHOTO GALLERY)

By ERIC TABER- It was another nail-biter decided in the game’s final seconds. But this time Griz fans went home feeling empty after watching the game slip through their team’s grasp.... more

“I Love the Grizzlies and I Couldn’t Be Happier With My Decision”

By ERIC TABER - “I love the Montana Grizzlies, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision,” said Pflug’s voice, seemingly out of nowhere over the ESPN broadcast.... more

FEATURE: The Wideouts: Ben Roberts

By ERIC TABER - Last Saturday, Ben Roberts had the biggest reception of the biggest game in recent memory for the Montana Grizzlies.... more

Montana Hosts Cal Poly in Non-Conference Action

By ERIC TABER- The Grizzlies will get another shot at redemption of a 2014 loss as Cal Poly visit Washington-Grizzly Stadium for a non-conference game under the lights.... more

Ellis Henderson is back… and couldn’t be happier

By ERIC TABER - Ellis is Ellis again. And the time off didn't seem to bother the redshirt.... more

#12 Montana Hosts #1 North Dakota State in Season Opener

By ERIC TABER-The Montana Grizzlies host the four-time defending national champion North Dakota State Bison at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Sat., at 1:30 p.m. ... more

Pieces Falling Into Place for Griz After Second Scrimmage

By ERIC TABER - After the second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday morning, the general consensus coming from Washington-Grizzly Stadium: a cleaner and crisper performance on both sides of the ball.... more