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

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Griz Set For Marquee Rematch at Weber State

By ERIC TABER-This week No. 6-seed Montana returns to the road for a "T... more

Records Fall as Griz Advance to FCS Quarterfinal

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies scored a season-high 73 points against So... more

Griz Host Southeastern Louisana in Second Round of FCS Playoffs

By ERIC TABER - The FCS Playoffs return to Missoula for the first time ... more

Top 10 Hikes Around Missoula

By JEFF JONES - An insider's perspective of the top 10 hikes in and around Missoula, Montana.... more

Orediggers Stun Grizzlies in Missoula

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana head coach Travis DeCuire didn't like the urgency his team had been playing with lately, and it showed on Monday as the Grizzlies fell to Montana Tech, 74-72.  ... more

Griz Up to #3 in National Polls Ahead of Brawl of the Wild

As expected, the Montana Grizzlies have risen to No. 3 in the major national polls this week after a 35-16 demolition of the previously third-ranked Weber State Wildcats over the weekend.... more

Griz Make Statement With Dominant Win Over #3 Weber State

By ERIC TABER - Fueled by big plays and a dominant defense, the No. 4/5 Griz rolled to a 35-16 win against No. 3 Weber State in a battle of the Big Sky's top two teams.... more

Toure, Lewis Named ROOT Sports Big Sky Players of the Week

By ERIC TABER - For the second time this season and only the third time since 2013, two Montana Grizzlies have been named ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Players of the Week.... more

Pridgett Lifts Grizzlies Past Lights

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana earned its first victory of the season, pulling out a 64-50 win over MSU Northern on Sunday afternoon.... more

Montana Overcomes Early Errors to Beat Idaho

By ERIC TABER - The No. 6 Grizzlies scored 28 unanswered points in three quarters after facing a double-digit deficit early en route to the win over Idaho on Saturday.... more

Sneed Named to “Performer of the Year” Watch List

By ERIC TABER - On Tuesday, College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) recognized Dalton Sneed with a place on its midseason FCS National Performer of the Year watchlist.... more

Griz Move up to #5/6 in Weekly Polls

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies returned to the top five in one of the two main national rankings this week following a decisive 38-23 road win over Portland State that improved the Griz to 7-2 on the sea... more

Big Game Hunters Need to Be Bear Aware on Front

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Grizzly bear sign on the Rocky Mountain Front has led to a Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist to remind hunters to be bear aware.... more

Strong 2nd Half Lifts Montana to Impressive Road Win at Portland State

By ERIC TABER - All season Montana has been a second-half team, and that hasn't been more apparent than it was on Saturday, when the Grizzlies rallied for a 38-23 victory at Portland State.... more

Ground Game Gets Going asGriz Run Over Eagles

By ERIC TABER - The win brings Montana to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Sky, keeping them in the hunt for the Big Sky Championship.... more

Eagles to Return to Missoula for Rivalry Showdown

The Montana Grizzlies return home to a renewed rivalry this week as the Eastern Washington Eagles come to town for the first time since 2017 after sitting out a one-year hiatus in 2018, a lapse in the schedule ... more

Griz and Lady Griz Hold Maroon & Silver Scrimmage and 3-Point Competition on 10/22

By NIC HALLISEY - Griz fans will have their first opportunity to watch the 2019-20 Montana men's and women'sbasketball teams on Tuesday, as they hold their annual Maroon & Silver Scrimmage.... more

Griz Rise to No. 5/6 in Weekly Polls

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies continued their march up the national weekly polls on Monday, landing in the top-five for the first time this season.  ... more

Service Members and Veterans to Receive Ticket Discount for Military Appreciation Day

By ERIC TABER - Montana Grizzlies are offering a discount on tickets to UM's Military Appreciation football game against Idaho, set for Nov. 9 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Camping Trip

As exciting and eventful as a family camping trip can be, your safety has to take priority. Here are some tips for staying safe on your next outing:... more

Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

By BRUCE AUCHLY - With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around western Montana should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly bear.... more

Sneed named National Offensive Player of the Week

By ERIC TABER - Montana quarterback Dalton Sneed was named the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career following UM's 59-20 win.... more

Griz Rebound From Slow Start to Route Bengals

By ERIC TABER - Montana proved it is a championship-caliber team and kept its season rolling with a 59-20 win over the Bengals to improve its record to 5-1.... more

Griz Look to Keep Momentum Hosting Dangerous Idaho State

By ERIC TABER - The Grizzlies return home for Homecoming this week following a 45-20 demolition of the previously 4/5 ranked UC Davis Aggies.... more

Balanced Griz roll to win over Monmouth

By ERIC TABER - Montana put together another big second half at home Saturday against Monmouth, running away from its Big South opponent.... more

Louie-McGee named ROOT Sports Big Sky Player of the Week

For any of the 24,000-plus watching on Saturday night the following news will come as no surprise: Montana's Jerry Louie-McGee has been named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Wee... more

New-Look Grizzly O-Line Bigger and Better in 2019

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies hit the weight room for the first time at fall camp on Monday morning, and also hit the scales to gather official weights and heights.... more

Griz Open Season Ranked No. 25

The excitement surrounding the 2019 Grizzly football season continues to rise on the eve of the first practice of the year.... more

Griz QBs Feature Depth and Versatility in 2019

By ERIC TABER -0 The Montana Grizzlies officially return to the field in one week's time with the first practice of fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 6 starting the leadup to the season opener at South Dakota.... more

Griz Picked Fourth, Fitfth, in Preseason Polls

By ERIC TABER - With a first-place vote in each, the Grizzlies have been selected to finish fourth by the Big Sky Conference's coaches and fifth by the media in the league's annual preseason polls.... more

Montana Football: Griz Women’s Football Clinic Set for June 6

By ERIC TABER - Announcing the return of the Griz Women's Football Clinic, a fun way for female fans to learn more about football and interact with coaches and staff.... more

Montana’s Special Drawing Deadlines Reminder

Montana FWP's deadlines to apply for special license drawings is May 1 for bison, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat; and June 1 for the elk B, deer B and antelope license drawings.... more

Hunting Permit Drawing Results Now Available

By JOLEEN TADEJ - The wait is over. Hunters can now check the results of the 2019 nonresident combination and elk and deer permit drawing to see if they were successful.... more

Team USA is Coming to Montana, Looking for Olympic Hopefuls

By NIC HALLISEY - The United States Olympic Committee has selected the University of Montana as one of six testing locations and will host a pro day on campus on Monday, April 29.... more

2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival Features Trout-To-Taimen Around the World

World-wide fly-fishing adventures will be premiered at the 2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival, April 27 at the Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT.... more

Dragon Hollow Expansion in Need of Volunteers and Tools

A Carousel for Missoula is looking for 2,300 volunteers to help refurbish and expand Dragon Hollow Playarea. ... more

27th Annual Run for the Trees Slated For April 20th

By BECKY GOODRICH - Celebrate National Arbor Month with a fun walk or run along the Riverfront trail system.... more

Balanced Griz Take Field for Opening Scrimmage of Spring

By ERIC TABER - When the first scrimmage of spring football rolls around, fans usually come away thinking one side of the ball "won" the scrimmage.... more

Historic Season Comes to a Close in NCAA Tournament

By NIC HALLISEY - The Grizzlies never quit, but Michigan showed why it is was deserving of a No. 2 seed, defeating Montana, 74-55, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.... more

Montana, Michigan Paired Up Once Again

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana is headed back to the NCAA tournament, and it will begin Thursday vs. a familiar opponent.... more

Shed Hunters Should Give Wildlife a Break

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts.... more

Griz Adjust Spring Schedule

By ERIC TABER - Winter conditions and an icy playing surface in Washington-Grizzly Stadium continue to wreak havoc on the Montana Grizzlies' spring practice schedule.... more

Time to Celebrate the Seniors, Saturday vs. Southern Utah

By NIC HALLISEY - Saturday isn't the end of the road or even the team's last home game of the season. But it will be the night Montana will celebrate its tremendous senior class.... more

Win Streak Snapped at 10 Games

By NIC HALLISEY - A winning streak that began 44 days ago at Northern Colorado ended against the same Bears team on Monday night.... more

Griz Run Win Streak to 10 With Victory Over Bobcats

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana earned yet another season sweep over rival MSU on Saturday night, leading from start to finish with a sold-out crowd.... more

Montana Looks to Extend Streak vs. Montana State

By NIC HALLISEY - With three weeks to play in the regular season, Montana has hit the home stretch and is in a good spot with six games remaining.... more

Griz Use 2 Big Runs to Bounce Bengals

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana closed the first half on an 18-3 run, making 10 consecutive shots at one point, to overcome an early deficit on the road.... more

Pridgett’s big night leads Grizzlies to sweep over Wildcats

By NIC HALLISEY - With the game on the line and under a minute to play, it was Sayeed Pridgett who scored the game-winning basket.... more

A Note From Griz Basketball

Tomorrow we play E Washington in a rematch of last year’s Big Sky Conference championship. THIS GAME IS HUGE and we need YOU to pack Dahlberg.... more

Montana Scraps Out Road Win Over Rival

By NIC HALLISEY-Despite trailing at the half, Montana fought back and fended off the Bobcats on Saturday, winning 83-78 for their 16th rivalry win in the past 17 tries.... more

Olson Named First-Team All American Defense By Hero Sports

By ERIC TABER - Dante Olson has added another trophy to the case. The junior linebacker landed his fourth first-team All-America honor in the past week. ... more

Dickenson Set For Star-Studded Hall of Fame Induction

Head coach and legendary Montana quarterback, Dave Dickenson is officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.... more

Griz Rally Falls Short Against Cats

By ERIC TABER - In the biggest game of the year it was a fumble that cost the Griz a chance at victory over Montana State and a chance at the playoffs.... more

Griz Look to Defend Home Turf in 118th Brawl of the Wild

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies enter the biggest rivalry of the year this week – No. 25 Montana State.... more

2018 Brawl of the Wild SOLD OUT

By ERIC TABER - The 118th Brawl of the Wild game between Montana and Montana State is officially SOLD OUT, Grizzly Athletics announced Thursday.  ... more

Montana Picked to Repeat as Big Sky Champions

By NIC HALLISEY - The Grizzlies were picked to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions in 2019, earning a near-unanimous selection.... more

Olson Added to Buchanan Award Watch List

By ERIC TABER - Junior linebacker Dante Olson has been nothing short of superb for the Grizzlies as he's worked his way to becoming the leading tackler in all of Division-I football.... more

Hauck Named to Rice Award Watch List

By NIC HALLISEY - Halfway through his freshman season, Robby Hauck has become the second-leading tackler in the Big Sky after six games.... more

Olson Three-Peats as Big Sky Player of the Week

By ERIC TABER - They say good things come in threes, and for Montana junior linebacker Dante Olson, they sure do.... more

Grizzlies Focused On September, Not March, As They Hit Court

Nic Hallisey - Montana hit the court for its first official practice of 2018-19 on Friday afternoon, and with four starters and more than 80 percent of its statistical leaders returning.... more

Feeling Strong?

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Technology gives us some advantages over wildlife. But when it comes to strength, agility and speed never bet against the animals.... more

Griz Look To Swat Hornets At The Start of Big Sky Play

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies return home this week seeking the program's 200th win inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.... more

#14 Griz Look to Keep MomentUM Hosting Drake

By ERIC TABER - The Montana Grizzlies are buoyed by momentUM as they head into week two of their challenging 2018 schedule against Drake.... more

#24 Griz host #13 Panthers in Challenging Opener

By ERIC TABER - On Saturday, Hauck will run back onto that field with Griz to begin act-two of his head coaching career at UM as the Griz take on Northern Iowa at 7pm.... more

Tickets Still Available for Home Opener

By ERIC TABER - What could be better than watching football under the lights at Washington-Grizzly Stadium on a late summer evening in Missoula?... more

7th Annual Doggie Dash Slated for September 8 at Fort Missoula

By BECKY GOODRICH - Missoula Parks & Recreation invites you and your four-legged friends to the 7th annual Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Fort Missoula Regional Park West.... more

Brain Injury Alliance of Montana’s Inaugural Big Sky Chalenge Hike Aug 25th

Don't miss our Inaugural Big Sky Challenge Hike with proceeds benefiting brain injury survivors and caregivers!... more

Dickenson Returns to Celebrate Hall of Fame Induction

For the first time in over a decade, Montana legend Dave Dickenson will return to Missoula for a Grizzly football game when he celebrate his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.... more

Seven Griz Receive Preseason Honors From Phil Steele Magazine

By ERIC TABER - Montana senior linebacker Josh Buss earned yet another preseason All-America accolade, and six other Grizzlies were named to the 2018 Phil Steele FCS Magazine preseason All-Big Sky team... more

Over 140 Players Break in New Fort Missoula Regional Park Pickleball Courts

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 140 pickleball players, ranging in age from 17 to 84, will compete in Missoula this weekend at the fifth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament.... more

Buss Named Preseason STATS first Team All-American

By ERIC TABER - Preseason accolades for Montana senior linebacker Josh Buss continue to roll in, with STATS Inc. naming him a first team preseason All-American on Tuesday. ... more

Tickets Available Now For Griz Awards Banquet

By ERIC TABER - Tickets are now available for the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame and Grizzly Lifetime Honors Award banquet, slated for Friday evening on Sept. 7 at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown.... more

Registration Open for the Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala

By ERIC TABER - The Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala will be held at the Ranch Club June 28-29 with proceeds benefitting the Montana Football program. ... more

Hauck Adds Three to Griz Roster

By ERIC TABER - Montana head coach Bobby Hauck has added three players, two transfers and a freshman, to the Griz football roster ahead of fall camp, adding depth in three different positions.... more

Fatkin to Join Lady Griz

By JOEL CARLSON - Ranked as the nation’s 30th-best point guard in her class by ESPN.com, Sammy Fatkin had options.... more

Summer Guide to Skiing the Beartooth Pass – Where the Locals Ski, Eat & Sleep

By TRAVIS GOODKIND - Skiing the Beartooth Pass is a rite of passage for any serious Montana skier. ... more

Graduation Weekened Means Diploma and Pro Contract For Krslovic

By NIC HALLISEY - When Fabijan Krslovic traveled 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean in the summer of 2014, he wasn't quite sure what to expect.... more

Boat Carrying Zebra Mussels Stopped at Anaconda Inspection Station

By JOLEEN TADEJ - The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying zebra mussels Friday. ... more

Montana Wins Big Sky Tournament, Punches Ticket to Big Dance

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana added another chapter to its storybook season on Saturday night, defeating Eastern Washington to punch its ticket to the NCAA tournament.... more

Lady Griz Fall to Top Seed Bears

In the end it was simple math more than anything else that ended Montana's season on Wednesday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament.... more

Lady Griz Take No. 8 Seed to Reno

The Lady Griz will take the No. 8 seed into this year's tournament at Reno and will face No. 9 Sacramento State on Monday at 1 p.m. in a first-round game.... more

Montana Closes Regular Season Undefeated at Home

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana capped an historic regular season on Saturday evening, defeating Idaho State, 75-64, inside Dahlberg Arena.... more

Grizzlies Thump Bocats & Clinch Share of Big Sky Title

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana got back to its winning ways in dominant fashion on Saturday night, knocking off rival Montana State, 90-63.... more

Griz Legend Brent Pease Returns to UM Coaching Staff

By ERIC TABER - Head Coach Bobby Hauck welcomes back Griz legend Brent Pease to his staff to serve as the assistant head coach and receivers coach.... more

Halfway Through Big Sky Play, Montana is Taking ‘One-Game-At-a-Time’ Approach

By NIC HALLISEY - Montana reached the midway point of the conference season last weekend, defeating Northern Arizona to improve to 9-0.... more

Bobcats Knock Off Lady Griz 81-64

The Bobcats knocked down 11, 3-pointers and hustled their way a 81-64 victory over the Lady Griz Saturday night in Bozeman.... more

Defense Leads Montana to Road Win Over Rivals

By NICK HALLISEY-The Grizzlies held the Bobcats to 19 second-half points in a 67-52 victory Saturday night in Bozeman. The win improves Montana's record to 7-0 in Big Sky play. ... more

Oguine Scores 39 in Gutsy Road Win

By NICK HALLISEY- Montana produced its gutsiest win of the season on Saturday afternoon, overcoming a first-half deficit to beat Portland State, 92-89.... more

DeCuire Picks Up 1st Win At Sac State, Grizzlies Alone Atop Big Sky Standings

By NICK HALLISEY-For the first time in four tries, Travis DeCuire and his Montana basketball team defeated Sacramento State on the road, knocking off the Hornets, 78-66.... more

Montana Falls at Washington in Heartbreaker

By NICK HALLISEY - Montana had opportunities to earn its second signature win of the season but came up just short on Friday evening, falling to the Washington Huskies, 66-63.... more

Hauck Returns as Grizzly Mentor

By ERIC TABER - Director of Athletics Kent Haslam has named former Grizzly head coach Bobby Hauck as the 37th head football coach at the University of Montana.... more

Griz Bury Bears

By ERIC TABER - The playoff push continued for Montana on Saturday against Northern Colorado as the Griz coasted to an easy 44-14 victory.... more

Montana Fights Past Whitworth for Season-Opening Victory

By ERIC TABER - Montana opened its 2017-18 basketball season on Friday evening, pulling away from a scrappy Whitworth team, 72-60, at Dahlberg Arena.... more

Wildland Firefighters, Vets Gifted with Griz Football Game

By ERIC TABER - UM Athletics and sponsors honor more than 800 wildland firefighters, emergency responders, veterans and their family members at this Saturday's game.... more

Defense Wins the Day for Montana

By ERIC TABER - Montana struggled offensively all game long, but picked up a huge upset win again NAU that kept its playoff hopes alive thanks to a standout defensive effort.... more

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

Bird Hunters Need to be Bear Aware

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Upland bird hunting began Sept. 1 and hunters along the Rocky Mountain Front, especially in riparian areas, need to be aware they are in bear country.... more

Parks & Recreation Offers Variety of Fall Programs

By BECKY GOODRICH - From game night to tennis to adult sports and more, Parks and Recreation has something for everyone this fall. Learn more and register online .... 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

Over 100 Players to Compete in Regional Pickeball Tournament

By BECKY GOODRICH - Over 100 pickleball players from multiple states will be in Missoula this weekend for the fourth annual Montana Open pickleball tournament at Playfair Park.  ... 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

Grizzlies Athletics Providing Several Ways to Engage with Youth

By ERIC TABER - The University of Montana athletics department is connecting with the youth in Missoula, announcing on Wednesday several initiatives to engage with young fans.... 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

FWP Reminds Recreators to Keep Safe Around Water

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials want to remind families who are enjoying Montana’s waterways to keep safety in mind. ... more

Montana Football: Griz Greats Return for Football Fundraiser

By ERIC TABER-A who's who of former Grizzly football greats are confirmed for the annual Gene Brosovich Golf Invitational and Celebrity Gala, set to kick off this Thursday, June 29.... more

10 Heavenly Montana Hikes West of the Continental Divide

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Nothing inspires like a heart-pounding hike into Montana's high country. Put these ten picks for memorable hikes on your Montana bucket list!... more

Mountain Biking in Grizzly Country, Be Prepared

By GREG LEMON - Imagine you’re riding hard down a mountain trail. As the trail you’re on weaves around a thicket of alder and huckleberries there’s a sow grizzly and two small cubs.... more

Registration Open for Griz Basketball Summer Camps

Montana head basketball coach Travis DeCuire has announced the Grizzlies lineup of 2017 boys summer camps. Sign-up now!... more

Enjoy Memorial Day on the Water, But be Safe, Know the Rules and Clean Drain Dry

By JOLEEN TADEJ - Enjoy Memorial Day on the water, but keep in mind the new rules aimed at limiting and preventing aquatic invasive species. ... 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

Hall Too Much as Cats Rally to Beat Griz

By ERIC TABER-The Montana men's basketball team missed out on a chance to make history, falling to a hot-shooting Montana State Bobcat team 78-69 in Bozeman on Saturday.... 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