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 ‘UM Grizzlies Football’

Little Grizzly Football: Much More Than Just a Sport

By ERIN TURNER - If you were a boy growing up in Missoula in the last 30 or 40 years, you may remember Little Grizzly Football. Our boys have learned more than a sport... more

FCS Playoff Scouting Report: Montana Grizzlies vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats

Publisher's note: Brint Wahlberg is a dyed-in-the-wool Griz fan. This is an excerpt from his post this week on He (and we) assume you've got the 4-1-1 on our Griz team and players, so this is his sco... more

Griz vs. Sam Houston State: Playoff Trivia and Photo Contest

Chris Walterskichen is back with more Griz playoff trivia! Our Griz photo caption contest continues: Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Montana Club.... more

Photo Gallery: Montana Grizzlies Beat Northern Iowa

Photos by PATRICK RECORD. Friday night under the lights brought fireworks, a full moon, and a huge victory to Griz Nation. The Montana Grizzlies dominated the Northern Iowa Panthers in the FCS quarterfinal game... more

FCS Playoff Scouting Report: Montana Grizzlies vs. Northern Iowa Panthers

By BRINT WAHLBERG - The University of Northern Iowa Panthers come to Washington-Girzzly Stadium on Friday, Dec. 10 to play the Griz under the lights in the FCS quarterfinals.... more

Tyler Hobbs: Life After Griz Football

By PATRICK RECORD - Former starting defensive tackle and team captain Tyler Hobbs looks back on his years as a Montana Griz football player.... more

Photo Gallery: Montana Grizzlies Beat Central Arkansas

The Griz beat the Central Arkansas Bears 41-14 on Saturday. UM Journalism student Patrick Record was on the sidelines to capture all the action of the game.... more

FCS Playoff Scouting Report: Montana Grizzlies vs. Central Arkansas Bears

By BRINT WAHLBERG. The University of Central Arkansas Bears head to Washington-Girzzly Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 3rd and the playoffs begin for Griz Nation.... more

Watch the Griz Playoff Game on

Even though the second-round Griz playoff game on December 3 won't be televised locally, you can still watch it on for free if you're an Optimum Internet subscriber. ... more

Photo Gallery: Griz Upset Bobcats to Win 2011 Brawl of the Wild

Photos by PATRICK RECORD The University of Montana Grizzlies exacted their revenge this year in the form of a 36-10 victory over the Montana State University Bobcats. UM Journalism student Patrick Record was... more

Brawl of the Wild – Griz Cat CONTEST

Check out our 2011 Big Sky Classic contest. Enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the Montana Club! 103 years. 109 meetings. One legendary rivalry. Dating back to 1897, the Grizzlies and the Bobcats boas... more