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Montana State Bobcats' Jeff Choate taking positives from spring cancellations

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 11:45:20-04

BOZEMAN -- Usually this time of year, spring football is in full swing for Montana State. With the university canceling all spring activities, though, coaches and players are experiencing an unfamiliar break.

The life of a college coach can be nonstop, on the road for much of the year, late-night film sessions and then hitting the recruiting trail once the season is done. With the growing threat of the spread of COVID-19, much of that has come to an end. For Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

“I spend a lot more time with my family. I think that’s been very positive," Choate said. "I think I’ve talked to my mom and my brothers more via Skype or just phone calls. I think any time there are trying times it does have a tendency to bring people together. ... And often times those are the things that you push to the back burner. So spending time with your family, communicating with your loved ones, I think those are all positive outcomes of this tragic situation that we are going through right now.”

Choate did say that the football team is still conducting virtual group meetings and players are doing designed workouts from home to replace the time they are missing from spring ball.