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Video: Montana’s Pflugrad shocked, stunned by dismissal

Montana head coach explains why he was fired, to his understanding

Montana, one of the top FCS programs over the years, has fired their head football coach and athletics director. Montana coach Robin Pflugrad and Athletics Director Jim O’Day were fired Thursday morning, a couple of months after an investigation in to at least five sexual assault cases on and off the campus were revealed. According to The Big Lead, at least two of those cases involved football players.

Assistant athletic director Greg Sundberg sent this notice to staff members Thursday morning:

“It is with great sadness that I inform you all that this morning our Athletic Director, Jim O’Day and Head Football Coach Robin Pflugrad were released of their duties as of 8:00 a.m. this morning. It will be a very difficult time for all of us in the coming days and I would ask that you stay positive.”

Later in the day Pflugrad sat down for a video interview with Missoula, Montana TV station KPAX, a CBS affiliate. In it he gives his point of view on how and why he was fired. He comes across clearly distraught and says “I am stunned, I’m shocked.” He says he was expecting to be working with a three-year extension in place as he was recruiting. “At this point in time there were some opportunities I did not pursue,” Pflugrad said about his comfort with job security.

You can view the full video interview, as shared by KPAX, below the jump (video will automatically play when loaded).

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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