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,

Posts Tagged ‘Montana Athletics’

Griz Celebrate Seniors, Win Third Straight

The second-largest crowd of the year was treated to a fantastic finish as the Grizzlies pulled away for an 82-73 win over Portland State on Saturday.... more

Four Montana Legends Earn Place in Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame

Grizzly Athletics proudly announced the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame incoming class of 2022, and the recipient of the Grizzly Lifetime Honors Award.... more

6 Famous Athletes From Montana

Montana has a rich sports history tradition. Here are some of it's most notable athletes: ... more

Griz Picked No. 11 in Athlon Preseason Poll

In one of the year's first preseason polls, Montana is slotted in at No. 11 in the Athlon Sports Preseason FCS Top-25.... more

Attendance, Kick Times, and Broadcast Details Set For Griz Spring Games

The Montana football team will have a limited number of fans in attendance at its two spring football games, kick times have been confirmed.... more

Tom Stage Has Signed Off For the Last Time

The voice of the Lady Griz? That’s a designation, and now honorific, that belongs to Tom Stage, who retired over the weekend after calling Montana women’s basketball games for 25 seasons.... more

Grizzly Athletics Announces Social Distancing Measures

The University of Montana Department of Athletics will suspend all practices and group team activities through March 29... 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

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

New Athletics Academic Center in Final Design Phase

By JOEL CARLSON - By the fall of 2015 anyone arriving on campus via Sixth Street will be faced with the Adams Center, Washington Grizzly Stadium and the ALL NEW Academic Center.... more

Lady Griz Streak Broken, Temple Wins 61-52 (Photo Gallery)

By AUSTIN SMITH - The Lady Griz lost their final home non-conference game of the year to the Temple Owls 61-52 Saturday evening, ending their three-win streak. ... more

Bring On The Owls: Lady Griz Hosts Temple Saturday

By JOEL CARLSON - The Montana women’s basketball team will end finals week with a home game against Temple on Saturday night at Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz and Owls will tip off at 7 p.m.... more

Montana Wins Lady Griz Classic for 30th Time

By JOEL CARLSON - Montana won its own tournament for the 30th time in 33 editions and improved to 63-3 in Lady Griz Classic games. Its tournament winning streak is now at 28 games.... more

Lady Griz Look For Tournament Title After 59-56 Win (Photo Gallery)

By AUSTIN SMITH - Kellie Cole hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds to send Montana to a 59-56 victory over Idaho Friday night at Dahlberg Arena on the opening night of the Holiday Inn Lady Griz Classic.... more