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 ‘Grizzly football’

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 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Oct 3

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Once again the Grizzly defense is among the top in FCS. Among Big Sky teams the Griz has given the fewest first downs and are the top defense against third and fourth conversions.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 26

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzlies got single game record performances out of Jerry Louie McGee and Brady Gustafson, but it wasn't enough for the Griz to get the win at Cal Poly.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 19

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzly football team is off to its seventh 2-0 start since 2000 and in the previous six, the Griz have gone on to average 12 wins a season.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 12

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The Montana Grizzly football team is off to its seventh 2-0 start since 2000 and in the previous six, the Griz have gone on to average 12 wins a season.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Sept 5

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The last time a UM team played at the UNI-Dome was when the Griz basketball team played there in November of 2001--and things went really bad for the Griz in the first half of that gam... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 22

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - When Robin Selvig took over the University of Montana women's basketball program it had won 32 games combined in the previous 4 years.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - When Robin Selvig took over the University of Montana women's basketball program it had won 32 games combined in the previous 4 years.... 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Aug 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to imagine going to game and not seeing Robin Selvig on the sidelines. The last time UM played a women's basketball game without Selvig was March 4, 1978.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in recent memories the Lumberjacks of NAU are picked as the pre-season favorite to win the Big Sky Title, a choice made both by both sports writers and coaches.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - For the first time in over half a century the Griz will face the USC Trojans in basketball.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of July 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The College World Series title won by Coastal Carolina in June marked the sixth time a school that has faced the Montana Grizzlies football team ( since 1960) has won the College Base... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 27

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - I was delighted with the news last week that former Griz coach and playe,r Blaine Taylor, had gotten back into coaching.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 20

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Missoula Osprey manager Joe Mather is doing something this season that none of the other three managers to guide the O's to a title did, come back the next year.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 13

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Hockey fans everywhere were saddened by the news of the passing of Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, to more than a generation.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of June 6

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to believe that it was 40 years ago this week that the first Wyoming-Montana all-star games were played.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 23

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Later this week another High School sports season comes to an end as track and softball crown their Champions.... more

Holmes, Feller Named Grizzly Cup Winners

Tyrone Holmes, of the Montana football team, and McCalle Feller, of the Lady Griz basketball team, were named the annual winners of the Department of Athletics’ Grizzly Cup.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 16

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It's hard to put in perspective the accomplishment of the University of Montana Softball team in reaching the Big Sky Tournament.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Twenty-five years ago this week the 1991 American Legion baseball season began, a season that would see the AA Mavericks claim a state title. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of May 2

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Few Montana public officials have ever been more closely tied to a sport than the late Conrad Burns. Burns refereed in Montana high School football as well as the Frontier Conference.... more

Two More Griz Get NFL Opportunities

By ERIC TABER - Montana’s all-time leading receiver Jamaal Jones will get his chance to prove himself at the next level, as will former Griz linebacker Herbert Gamboa.... more

Jacksonville Jaguars Take Montana’s Holmes in NFL Draft

Tyrone Holmes was selected in the sixth round as the 181st overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He joins former Grizzly Jordan Tripp who is currently on the roster as a linebacker.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Saturday's Grizzly intra-squad scrimmage brought to mind the days under Don Read when the Griz did something similar.... 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It was 40 years ago this week that Michigan State reached out to Missoula to get their new basketball coach--Jud Heathcote. ... 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - It was thirty years ago this spring when prep softball made its debut in Montana with the first championship held in Cut Bank. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of April 4

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - The U Conn women's basketball team has posted exactly 100 wins between Jan. 4, 2014 and Tuesday's title game. Over the same span of time the Montana Lady Griz have won 58 games.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 28

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN - Well it appears that facing a Montana team during the season is good way for Syracuse to get ready for a trip to the final Four.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 21

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- While the 2015-16 season ended a little bit earlier than the Montana Lady Griz would have liked the outstanding group of seniors had an tremendous 4 year run.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 14

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The last time Oregon State was in the NCAA tournament it was March of 1990 and "Pretty Woman" was No. 1 at the box office (a fact I learned from coach Tinkle).... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of March 7

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Montana Lady Griz open Big Sky Touranament play facing Northern Arizona who struggled to a last place finish in 2016. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 29

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Lady Griz are going to get plenty of frequent flyer miles in the next 10 days with flights to Grand Forks, Greeley and then Reno for the league tournament.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 22

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- The Griz will find their last regular season road trip easy in the way of travel, but the two foes awaiting them do not promise to be overly hospitable. ... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 15

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-Currently the Lady Griz are just a half a game out of fourth place, a spot they need to reach to ensure a first round tournament.... 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

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 8

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- On Sunday the Denver Broncos became only the 8th NFL franchise to win at least 3 Super Bowl Titles.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Feb 1

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- No Super Bowl has gone into overtime and none have ended in a shutout.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 25

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- For the first time in a very long time the Montana Lady Griz head to Bozeman for their annual " Brawl Of the wild" with the MSU women's team with a lot of the line.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 18

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- Thursday night the Idaho Vandals are at Dahlberg Arena to face the league-leading Griz. The Vandals will be looking for their first win in Missoula since December of 1999.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 11

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-One thing that could be a major factor in this weekend's Grizzly basketball home stands are the crowds.... more

Holmes Named Defensive Player of the Year

By ERIC TABER - Tyrone Holmes was named the best defensive player in all of FCS football.... more

Tyrone Homes Set For National Awards Banquet

By ERIC TABER-Montana All-American defensive end Tyrone Holmes will travel to Frisco, Texas on Friday for the presentation of the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Jan 4

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-One thing that could be a major factor in this weekend's Grizzly basketball home stands are the crowds.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 28

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN-The Griz and Lady Griz basketball begin the "Road To Reno" this weekend as Big Sky play begins.... more

UM Sports Trivia | Week of Dec 21

By CHRIS WALTERSKIRCHEN- McCallie Feller had a tournament for the ages in this past weekend's Lady Griz holiday Classic.... more