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Source confirms Bobby Hauck accepts UM head coach offer

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MISSOULA, Mont. - A source close to the situation confirm to NBC Montana that Bobby Hauck received and accepted an offer to be head coach of the University of Montana Grizzly football team.

The source spoke to us on condition of anonymity, but said the deal still needs to be signed off on by the Board of Regents.

A Board of Regents employee said there's currently no meeting scheduled until January. She added that a quorum of regents must approve the contract in order for him to be hired. Hauck interviewed for the job on Monday of this week.

The now 53-year-old Missoula native held an impressive 80-17 record at the helm of Montana football from 2003-2009, which included seven straight Big Sky Conference Championships.

After leaving Montana for the head coaching job at UNLV, where he remained for five seasons, Hauck has spent the last three seasons as special teams coordinator for San Diego State and has also served as an associate head coach for that program the past two years.

SDSU just wrapped up their regular season with a 10-2 record. The Aztecs have won 10 or more games all three seasons that Hauck has been with the program and will be looking to win their third straight bowl game to end this season.

Hauck also interviewed for the Griz head coaching job back in 2014 when the program chose Stitt to be Mick Delaney's replacement.

NBC Montana spoke with former UM athletic director Jim O'Day. He was in charge when Hauck first left in 2009.

O'Day knows the process to hire a new coach well. He says the athletic director gets inundated with calls minutes after an opening is announced.

"The University of Montana has always been very unique," O'Day said. "I always felt you better have somebody who understands Montana. It's a very unique place."

Immediately the AD assembles a committee to research candidates. When he hired Hauck's replacement, O'Day says the University of Montana's HR department helped him narrow a field of 150 candidates down to 25.

Then the AD makes a choice and gets the UM president's blessing, who consults the commissioner of higher education.

That's when the candidate, in this case Hauck, gets the job offer. That doesn't make it a done deal. Contract negotiations are next. They're usually done between the AD and the coach's agent.

Hauck's agent is reportedly the same one he used his first round here. Once everything is agreed upon, it needs to be signed off by the commissioner of higher education.

It's not just Griz Nation anxious to hear the final word. The rest of the coaching staff is waiting to hear if they still have a job.

It's not clear which stage of the hiring process Hauck is in right now. As O'Day reminds us, some of these deals have fallen apart during the negotiations.

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