Jeff Choate

Jeff Choate looks on during a Montana State football game during the 2017 season.

BILLINGS — Montana State football coach Jeff Choate underwent an emergency medical procedure Sunday morning.

An email that originated from the Bobcat Quarterback Club and obtained by on Monday stated that Choate had an appendectomy the day following MSU's 45-14 loss at South Dakota State.

The email states that Choate is “doing good,” but that a chapter meeting scheduled for Monday night in Billings had been canceled and that BQC members are encouraged to “let him rest.”

Further, the email told Quarterback Club members that they "may have noticed from (Choate's) halftime interview" during Saturday's game that "he was not normal. He was obviously sick the whole game."

Choate released a statement via MSU's sports information office on Monday evening.

“When our team returned to Bozeman early Sunday morning I underwent a procedure for a medical condition that arose over the weekend," Choate said. "I’m fortunate they caught it when they did, and I’m thankful for the care by the professionals at Bozeman Health, our team physician, and our athletic training staff.

"I also appreciate all the support I received Sunday and Monday, and I look forward to getting back to work.”

Seeming a bit lethargic, Choate did participate in a postgame interview session outside the Bobcats' locker room at Dykhouse Stadium. The team's chartered flight back to Bozeman took off from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the hours following the game.

It was announced Sunday night that Choate’s weekly Monday morning news conference had been postponed. It is unclear when the news conference will be rescheduled for this week.

Montana State (1-1) will host Wagner this week at Bobcat Stadium. The game will mark the end of the nonconference portion of the Bobcats' schedule.

Wagner, of Staten Island, New York, won its season opener against Division II Bowie State on Aug. 30 but lost last week at FBS Syracuse. The Seahawks compete in the FCS Northeast Conference.

The Bobcats will begin conference play Sept. 22 at Portland State. 

MSU's announced the postponement of Choate's news conference via email, which included these tidbits from the loss at South Dakota State:

The 31-point difference tied the largest margin of defeat in the Choate era, matching a 31-0 loss at Washington State in last year's season opener.

The Bobcats had just 29 total rushing yards, which snapped a 23-game streak of MSU gaining at least 100 yards on the ground.

Tucker Rovig's 164 passing yards in his debut at quarterback were the 13th most in school history for a QB making his first start.

LB Balue Chapman (knee), LB Josh Hill (back), WR Jabarri Johnson (knee) and RB Logan Jones (hernia) are all listed on the injury report as "out indefinitely."

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