Montana football coach retiring at end of season

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana coach Mick Delaney says he will retire at the end of this season.

Delaney told his assistants and players about his decision on Sunday as they began preparations for this weekend’s Montana-Montana State game.

Delaney’s teams have posted an overall record of 22-13.

Delaney was an assistant at Montana from 2008-2011 and he retired briefly before coming back as head coach in 2012. He says it’s time for someone younger and with more energy to take over the program. Delaney turns 72 in December.

Athletic director Kent Haslam thanked Delaney for his contributions and said the school will begin its search for a new coach.

Delaney says he hopes assistants within the program are given strong consideration for what he called “one of the best jobs in America.”