Montana AD: Stanford to make decision soon

Updated: December 16, 2006, 11:27 PM ET
Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana athletic director Jim O'Day said he received an e-mail from Stanford's athletic director saying he expected to make a decision on the school's next football coach on Sunday or Monday.

Montana coach Bobby Hauck appears to still be in the running for the job, along with former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, San Diego coach Jim Harbaugh and former Stanford player James Lofton.

Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby reportedly interviewed Hauck and Fassel off campus last Sunday. Harbaugh was interviewed on campus on Thursday, followed by Lofton on Friday.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and San Jose State defensive coordinator Tom Williams have also been interviewed.

Bowlsby fired coach Walt Harris on Dec. 4 after a 1-11 season and said he hoped to have a coach hired within two weeks.

"I just think he [Bowlsby] is going to think about it over the weekend," O'Day told the Missoulian on Friday.

Hauck, 42, has been an assistant at Pac-10 schools UCLA and Washington and has guided the Grizzlies to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs four straight seasons.

O'Day said, "Montana will lose Bobby at some point. It's just a matter of when. It is this year, next year, or the year after that?"

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