After long layoff, new Bobcat football era is finally here


Last updated 9/3/2021 at 10:54am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Isaiah Ifanse and the Montana State Bobcats have a new head coach in Brent Vigen, who replaces Jeff Choate after five seasons. The Cats also haven't played a real football game since December of 2019, but that will change Saturday when they visit the University of Wyoming to open the new season.

No team in college football was left unscathed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, amongst Big Sky Conference teams, few have gone through so much change since the pandemic began than the Montana State Bobcats.

Not only have the Cats not played a real football game since a December, 2019 FCS semifinal appearance at North Dakota State, but, their head coach from that last season, Jeff Choate, is no longer in Bozeman. So too are many players from that stellar team, meaning, as MSU gets set to open the season at Wyoming Saturday night, the Bobcats are about to begin an entirely new era.

That era...

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