Wyoming football coach Christensen apologizes for behavior and comments after Air Force game

2012-10-14T19:08:00Z 2012-10-22T20:53:07Z Wyoming football coach Christensen apologizes for behavior and comments after Air Force gameBy BEN FREDERICKSON Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

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.

{p class=”MsoNormal”}Reach reporter Ben Frederickson at ben.frederickson@trib.com. Follow him on Twitter @Ben_Fred.

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    parent - October 20, 2012 12:55 pm
    A loser on the field and a bigger loser off the field. Having him represent UW makes the Cowboy nation lose. Watch the video!
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    k58 - October 15, 2012 8:56 am
    Problem is that he never apologizes to the people he attacked. A lesson I taught my kids, an apology is not an apology if you or the person being apologized to has a hard time understanding that it was so. In other words apologies are direct and obvious. What Christensen did was double down on stupid.
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    O111896U - October 15, 2012 7:33 am
    The only way to make this "apology" more pathetic would have been to include the phrase "if I offended anyone." As a football coach and parent, this guy wouldn't get within 20 feet of my kids.
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    nckwfan - October 14, 2012 10:52 pm
    Love ya coach Dave. I knew you would apologize. Probably not the best move on Armed Forces day :(...Still, you are the right man for the job and I hope you stay a long time. Never, never, never, never give up..Winston Churchill. And by the way your back up QB is great.
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    jerrycobb - October 14, 2012 8:19 pm
    I notice that Dave does not apologize to Troy Calhoun for berating him with f-bombs, and he doesn't apologize to the Conner Deitz, the AFA Cadet he said had "no ethics". Let me tell you Dave, I'm glad men like Troy Calhoun and Conner Deitz have served and will serve our country. For you...a football coach...to question ethics of two men who will lay their life on the line for your freedom...it's reprehensible. I'm a Mizzou grad, I used to be very proud of you.
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