Montgomery, who was again a finalist for the vacant Central Michigan University job will again lose out, this time to UCLA assistant Ernie Ziegler who is expected to be announced as the Chippewas head coach as early as this weekend.
Ziegler, a native of Detroit, MI., will return to his old stomping ground an attempt to resurrect a Chippewas program that has been dormant since 2003 when the Chips won 25 games, their high water mark under fired coach Jay Smith, a former Michigan assistant.
At the time of his hiring, Montgomery was thought to have had the job sewn up, having served as an assistant coach at the Mt. Pleasant school, but instead Smith was hired.
Montgomery had high hopes of landing the job the second time around and likely will not have any further interest in the school after being snubbed twice.
Ziegler was UCLA coach Ben Howland's lead assistant for three years at Pitt and for the past two years in Los Angeles. Smith compiled just 20 wins over the past three seasons at Central and the cupboard of talent is bare thin.
Ziegler is expected to heavily recruit the Detroit area in an attempt to reverse Central's flagging fortunes.