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Jeff Choate’s small connection at Montana State to Incarnate Word

Posted at 10:55 PM, Nov 20, 2018

BOZEMAN – By now we all know the playoff picture for Montana State. The Bobcats host Incarnate Word in the first round of the FCS football playoffs on Saturday. When you look at these two teams, they don’t have a history together with the Cardinals based in San Antonio, Texas.

But when you dive deeper, the connections start to tie together, specifically between the two head coaches. Jeff Choate and Incarnate Word’s Eric Morris were on the same staff in 2012 at Washington State while Choate coached the Cougar linebackers. The MSU head man is impressed with Morris, who turned a 1-10 team last year into a playoff run this season.

“I can’t speak enough about the job that Eric Morris has done there, he’s turned this program around in a year. I got to work with Eric one year at Washington State University. He was our inside receivers coach, which is kind of the right-hand man to coach (Mike) Leach in that system. And he’s a guy that played for Coach Leach at Texas Tech, he’s a Texas native. Quite honestly, he’s a good guy and I enjoyed my time with him, we had a good relationship working together. It’ll be fun to see him in Bozeman,” said Choate.

On Tuesday, Morris was named the Southland Conference coach of the year. He will be in Bozeman for the first round of the FCS playoffs against Montana State Saturday at 1 p.m.