Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen has issued an apology for his actions and comments following Wyoming’s 28-27 loss to Air Force on Saturday.
Christensen got into an on-field argument with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun shortly after the game and later said the Falcons cheated by faking an injury to get more time to run the play that scored the game’s final touchdown.
“I want to apologize to Wyoming fans, the Mountain West Conference and the game of college football for my actions and for the comments that I made after our game against Air Force,” Christensen said in the release. “I let my emotions, my passion for our football program and the frustrations of the first half of the season get the best of me, and my actions reflected negatively on our program.”
“I have always tried to teach the young men in our program the importance of sportsmanship in our game, and with that said, I believe it is important to let them know that when you do make a mistake you need to stand up and take responsibility for your actions. That is what I am doing with this apology.”
Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman was also quoted in the release.
“The postgame actions and comments made by Coach Christensen do not represent Wyoming Cowboy Football in the manner we expect, but I respect Dave for issuing this apology,” Burman said. “I know he wants to express to his team and to Cowboy fans everywhere his sincere regret in what happened on Saturday night and how proud he is to be their head coach.”
The Mountain West is aware of Christensen’s actions and comments following Saturday’s game. A conference spokesman said Sunday morning that the league is reviewing the video of the game. The conference could potentially punish Christensen for his behavior.
Calhoun was not mentioned specifically in the release.