OGDEN -- Weber State offensive coordinator Robin Pflugrad has been suspended by the NCAA for one game for violations committed while he was the head coach at Montana.
Pflugrad will not be allowed to coach between Aug. 26 and the end of Weber State's home opener Aug. 31 against Stephen F. Austin, WSU officials announced Friday. Associate coach Steve Morton will serve as offensive coordinator during that game.
The University of Montana and Pflugrad were penalized for failure to monitor the football program, according to a statement from the NCAA. The Division I Committee on Infractions found that Grizzlies boosters "provided extra benefits to football players, including meals, free legal representation and bail bond payments, a small loan, clothing, lodging, transportation and laundry services. Additionally, the football team exceeded coaching limits and two former student-athletes competed while ineligible."
The NCAA's investigation found that Pflugrad was aware that boosters posted bail for two football players but did not report it, while former athletics director Jim O'Day and other senior department members were aware boosters were providing legal assistance.
In addition to the suspension, Pflugrad is restricted from off-campus evaluations during the fall, from off-campus recruiting during the first three weeks of the fall and required attendance at an NCAA rules seminar.
Montana's penalties include three years of probation, the loss of four scholarships from 2014-17, vacating of five wins from 2011 season in games ineligible athletes played, a $3,000 donation to a local charity, the loss of two student assistant coaching positions this season or next and an external review of Montana's compliance program.
In 2011, Pflugrad's second season, the Grizzlies were 11-3 (7-1 Big Sky Conference), tied for the league title and won twice in the FCS playoffs before losing in the semifinal to Sam Houston State.
Pflugrad and Montana athletics director Jim O'Day were fired my university president Royce Engstrom in March 2012.
"The administration, coaches and staff of Weber State University are strongly committed to upholding NCAA rules with the highest degree of integrity," WSU athletics director Jerry Bovee said in a statement released by the school. "Robin Pflugrad has been a positive addition to the Weber State University football coaching staff and has been forthcoming and cooperative in addressing issues related to his employment as head coach at the University of Montana.
"We were well aware of the potential sanctions facing Coach Pflugrad during the hiring process but concluded that Robin would contribute positively to our program. Coach Pflugrad has cooperated fully with the NCAA and accepts the imposed sanctions and is now looking forward to having this matter behind him so that he can assist Coach Sears and our staff in building a successful football program at Weber State."