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Petition backs Williams' appointment to regents

MISSOULA (AP) — A petition urging the governor and legislators not to confirm Pat Williams' appointment to the state Board of Regents is being countered by one that supports his appointment.

University of Montana football fans started the first petition two weeks ago after Williams made comments to several news outlets saying the university recruited "thugs" to its football program. Petitioners called the statement damaging to the university.

Williams said he was referring to former players who have been convicted of crimes, including one who had been convicted of rape, but the quote was...


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