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Montana State Bobcats replacing spring football with virtual training

Jeff Choate reflects on hectic week of coaching changes
Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 16:39:48-04

BOZEMAN -- Spring football has been canceled at Montana State due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Bobcats head coach Jeff Choate has always made his thoughts known about this time of the season.

“I think my feelings on spring ball are pretty well-founded," said Choate. "I just think what you do in March, by in large, isn’t going to have an impact on what you do in November and December when it counts the most.”

But that doesn’t mean MSU is wasting this time. Choate and his staff are still running spring ball virtually with daily team meetings and home workouts customized specifically for every player.

“We’ve tried to be cognizant of the fact that not everybody is going to have all of the equipment available and give each player a variation for each movement. The accountability piece is really on those guys as individuals," Choate said. "But we do have a plan in place to continue with these remote workouts as well as remote meetings.”

Even though Choate might not miss spring football, he has come to a realization through this process.

“I think it’s been more of a blessing in disguise, because I think it’s forced us all to utilize the technology a little bit more," he said. "We are all creatures of habit, we’ve always did things the way we’ve always done them. I think we are all realizing there is a lot of things that can be accomplished utilizing the technology that’s already there.”

Choate says his team will continue its virtual regime through spring in preparation to hopefully step on the field this fall.