Pitre leaving MSU for Oregon State

Michael Pitre coaches Montana State's running backs during a fall camp practice on August 11, 2017.

A big change is imminent for the Montana State University football team, as the longest-tenured assistant coach is leaving the Bobcat program.

Running backs coach Michael Pitre, who has held that job since 2014, is leaving MSU to take the same position at Oregon State University.

Pitre has also been the Cats' recruiting coordinator for the last two years.

As an assistant at Montana State, the former UCLA fullback helped mold one of the Big Sky's most productive running back groups. The Bobcats finished among one of the top 20 rushing teams in the FCS in each of his four seasons in Bozeman.

The team finished with the seventh-best rushing offense in the country this season, averaging 249.5 yards per game on the ground.

Pitre will be joining the staff of first-year head coach Jonathan Smith at Oregon State. Smith was a former star quarterback for the Beavers, and also worked on the same staff as current MSU head coach Jeff Choate at the University of Washington from 2014-15.

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