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'Mac' staying put at Montana State
Jason McEndoo appeared ticketed back to where he spent his playing days and began his coaching career. On Monday, Montana State’s offensive line coach learned he’s not going anywhere.
McEndoo, an all-Pac 10 Conference player for Washington State in the late 1990s, recently interviewed with new WSU head coach Paul Wulff, who was hired by his alma mater last month after eight seasons at Eastern Washington.
But Montana State head coach Rob Ash said McEndoo is out of the running for a position with the Cougars.
“It was on again and off again,” Ash said from Anaheim, Calif., where he is attending the American Football Coaches Association Convention. “Now, it’s off.”
McEndoo has spent the past five seasons at MSU, and is one of three holdovers (along with E.J. Arnold and Kane Ioane) from the Mike Kramer era. He has coached five first team all-Big Sky Conference players and two All-Americans.
He graduated from WSU in 1998, the year after he was named Sporting News honorable mention All-America and playing in the East-West Shrine Game. The Aberdeen, Wash., native played two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and another for the New Orleans Saints.
Ash had mixed feelings over McEndoo’s situation.
“No news is good news,” Ash said. “I feel bad for him. Washington State’s his alma mater.”
His coaching career began at Lake Washington High (Kirkland, Wash.) in 2000 before he took a job at Spokane High. McEndoo also played for Berlin Thunder of defunct NFL Europe.
THE DALY TRIPLE: The Sports Network named Montana State linebacker Bobby Daly first team All-America on Saturday, Daly’s third such honor this off-season. Daly was previously honored by The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation.
The junior from Helena finished fourth in the nation in tackles (135) last season, leading the Big Sky Conference in that category. He was MSU’s only conference first team selection.
HE’S COMMITTED: Jared Rohrback, a senior at C.M. Russell High in Great Falls, called the Chronicle Monday to say he has orally committed to play at MSU. Rohrback, a linebacker, is a two-time first team all-state selection and was co-defensive MVP last year.
He shared that award with Helena Capital’s Brian Bignell, who has also committed to the ‘Cats.
Rohrback also made two visits to the University of Montana and considered Carroll College as well.
Montana State made Rohrback “a good offer,” he said of the half-scholarship he was given. “I like the coaches and the campus and the town.”
Rohrback is also a two-time Class AA state wrestling champion and was in Bozeman over the weekend to participate in the Tom LeProwse Invitational. He only competed in one match, however, hurting his ribs, an injury that may keep him off the mat “for a week or two.”
By TIM DUMAS, Bozeman Chronicle Sports Writer