Montana coach's plea to students works

Montana coach Wayne Tinkle expressed his disappointment when home attendance didn't exactly skyrocket one game after the Grizzlies upset UCLA on the road this month.

So he did something about it in advance of last night's rare home game against a Pac-10 opponent in Oregon State, sending out this message via YouTube.

Tinkle promised students who showed up during finals week they wouldn't be disappointed, and he was right as Montana beat Oregon State 71-66 in front of a season-high crowd of 4,378.

Of course, Tinkle also had to give a special shoutout to Oregon State coach Craig Robinson for actually scheduling a home-and-home with a Big Sky team.

From The Missoulian:

"I'm thrilled because it doesn't happen very often," said Montana coach Wayne Tinkle, referring to a Pac-10 school visiting Missoula. "It's the second time in the 10 years I've been here. A lot of those schools think they might be above coming and starting a home-and-home at our place."

Not OSU coach Craig Robinson and the Beavers, who will welcome the Griz to Corvallis next season.

"I really respect and appreciate Coach Robinson for giving us this opportunity to start this series," Tinkle said of the third-year coach, who happens to be the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama. "We all have to play games and I wish more coaches were as open minded to starting series on the road with mid-major schools. It's a great thing for our program, our school and the community and hopefully that will be reflected in the attendance."