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Delaney Wants Griz to 'Smell the Roses'

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We've all heard the old saying, "There's always next year." Well, Griz Head Football Coach Mick Delaney doesn't want his team thinking about next year, quite yet.

Montana's season came to an abrupt end in the 2nd round of the f-c-s playoffs on Saturday, following it's 42-35 loss at home to Coastal Carolina. The Griz wasted no time celebrating the season, holding their awards banquet on Sunday night in Missoula. Now, Coach Delaney wants his players to concentrate on finals and then enjoy the holidays with their families before turning their focus back to football.

"The message is going to be make sure that you smell the roses a little bit and don't walk around feeling sorry for yourself," Delaney says. "We accomplished some great things together and now step away from football and get your finals done this week then go home and enjoy your families and your friends and really regenerate so to speak, I guess. Then, come back ready to refocus as hard as they did this year. But, number one is that they have to do their finals, get that taken care of the way they should, and then just get away from football for a month and enjoy the other things that's out there in life."

Montana ended the season with a 10-3 record. The Griz have won at least 10 regular season games 14 times in program history. Three times, Montana has lost it's first playoff game following a 10 win season. 1993 to Delaware, 2007 to Wofford, and this past Saturday. All three losses have come at home, by a total of nine points. The good news for Griz fans? In each of the previous two instances, Montana has advanced to the FCS Semis the following season.

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