A play-by-play look at five years of Griz gridiron success and scandal 

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• Jan. 25, 2010: UM President George Dennison announces his retirement. A staunch supporter of Griz football (Dennison's son is an NFL coach), he touts the expansion of Washington-Grizzly Stadium among his accomplishments over the last 20 years.

• April 2010: The Atlanta Falcons draft Griz safety Shann Schillinger in the 6th round. The Tennessee Titans draft wide receiver Marc Mariani in the 7th round.

• May 7, 2010: Police arrest former UM assistant coach Ty Gregorak, now at UNLV with Bobby Hauck, for a bizarre series of events that begin outside a Colorado strip club. A police report alleges Gregorak was denied access to Club Nitro for being intoxicated and that he retaliated by stealing a .45-caliber Glock 36 handgun and a wallet from the bouncer's Nissan Sentra. Gregorak returned the items to the bouncer the next day. The report also states that Gregorak had a Montana license that was revoked for driving while impaired on March 19. UNLV fires Gregorak. The charges, however, are later dropped after video shows it wasn't Gregorak being turned away by the bouncer. The coach isn't sure how the items ended up in his hotel room and claims he was drugged during the night in question.

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• June 2010: Athletic Director Jim O'Day hires an independent consulting firm to study the university's options if it receives an offer from a Football Bowl Subdivision conference. A move up would give UM access to larger television contracts and bowl game invitations, but require a substantial financial investment into the school's existing athletic facilities.

• Aug. 6, 2010: Jimmy Wilson, back on the team after being acquitted of murder charges, bites a woman's leg. He would plead guilty to disorderly conduct.

• Aug. 29, 2010: Linebacker Josh Stuberg is arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident after he drove into a fence in the lower Rattlesnake.

• Sept. 25, 2010: Running back Beau Donaldson, a Big Sky High School graduate, allegedly rapes a female friend sleeping on his couch. He would later admit to doing so during a police-monitored telephone conversation.

• Oct. 15, 2010: Royce Engstrom is named the University of Montana's 17th president, replacing George Dennison. Engstrom makes a point of mentioning that, while serving as UM's provost and vice president of academic affairs, he attended almost every Griz home football game.

• November 2010: At the end of Pflugrad's first season, Montana misses the FCS playoffs for the first time in 17 years and finishes the season 7-4. The team also fails to share the Big Sky Conference title for the first time since 1997.

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• November 2010: President Engstrom announces Griz athletics will stay in the Big Sky Conference, declining an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. Engstrom says the school is better suited to compete against "mission-similar" (read: smaller) programs.

• Jan. 29, 2011: Defensive tackle Roy Tyrone Duncan is arrested for drunken driving. He would plead guilty.

• Feb. 8, 2011: Head coach Robin Pflugrad hires Ty Gregorak as the team's new linebackers coach.

• April 2011: The Miami Dolphins draft Jimmy Wilson in the 7th round.

• June 3, 2011: Quarterback Nate Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana, is arrested for drunken driving. He would plead guilty to reckless driving.

• June 6, 2011: Tight end Kavario Middleton is arrested for drunken driving in Seattle.

• August 2011: The Grizzly Scholarship Association tops the $2 million mark in annual giving for the third consecutive year.

• Oct. 23, 2011: Cornerback Trumaine Johnson and quarterback Gerald Kemp are tased by police at a house party. They're charged with obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Coach Pflugrad would bench them for the first quarter of the next game. They would both plead no contest.

• December 2011: Montana returns to the top of the Big Sky Conference and the FCS playoffs, finishing the season 11-3. The Griz lose to Sam Houston State in the FCS semifinals, despite quarterback Jordan Johnson rushing for one touchdown and throwing for another.

• Dec. 16, 2011: The Missoulian reports that at least three football players were allegedly involved in a gang rape, aided by a date-rape drug, of two students the previous weekend. UM hires former state Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz to investigate.

• Dec. 31, 2011: Barz files a preliminary report stating that there is "evidence of non-consensual sex that is not being reported in the university system."

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