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Colorado State assistant suspended following gay slur in New Mexico Bowl

Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer was suspended without pay for two weeks Monday for his behavior during the Rams’ 48-45 victory over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

Colorado State assistant Greg Lupfer has been suspended for two weeks after making a gay slur at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during the New Mexico Bowl. (Photo: Roberto E. Rosales, Albuquerque Journal)Lupfer was caught on camera cussing and making what appeared to be a gay slur at WSU quarterback Connor Halliday.

During the first quarter, Halliday was near the CSU sideline after throwing a 25-yard touchdown pass, and Halliday appeared to say something to Lupfer.

Lupfer responded with what television replays showed to be profanity and a gay slur.

The Cougs quarterback continued moving toward Lupfer, bumping into him, and Colorado State strength coach Rashad Harris had to physically keep Halliday away from Lupfer, who had turned away.

The incident was caught clearly be television cameras and went viral by halftime. (VIDEO of the incident via Deadspin.)

Lupfer’s sanctions included the suspension, and mandatory anger management and diversity training to be approved by the department of athletics and paid by Lupfer, according to a CSU news release late Monday. He will also receive a letter of reprimand and be put on a zero-tolerance status by the university.

“I accept these consequences — two weeks without pay and the training programs — and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family,” Lupfer said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people.

“I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset.”

Photo: Roberto E. Rosales, Albuquerque Journal

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Thursday, Nov. 21

Now that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has tied Barry Switzer for the school wins record, many insiders think he might be ready for a change.

It looks like Oklahoma coach  Bob Stoops will be back with the Sooners next season. (Photo: Alonzo Adams, AP)

It looks like Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will be back with the Sooners next season. (Photo: Alonzo Adams, AP)

There was some Florida chatter a couple of weeks ago and some USC chatter before that. Will Muschamp is likely to stay in place in Gainesville and you hear a lot of other names associated with USC.

Stoops won’t leave unless it’s a place where he can win as big as he has at Oklahoma, and there aren’t many of those places. That means the odds are good he’s still coaching the Sooners in 2014.

Multiple sources believe that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin could be on the move after the season.

Franklin has been rumored to be a second tier candidate at USC. With the job he’s done with the Commodores, he’s sure to have other opportunities.

Charlie Weis’ seat at Kansas is a little cooler after beating West Virginia to end a 27-game conference losing streak. Weis probably makes it to 2014. It’s hard to see the Jayhawks dumping two consecutive coaches after only two seasons.

The heat on Hawaii coach Norm Chow continues to rise. The Warriors are now 0-9 and a winless campaign is certainly possible. It’s wait and see, but this one could pop open.

Speaking of the Mountaineers, there’s a growing chorus of calls for Dana Holgorsen’s head on a platter.

His buyout that is reportedly $11.3 million, and that’s going to be hard for West Virginia to swallow. Fact is, that buyout probably saves him, but what if he loses to 1-9 Iowa State to close the season?

As for Holgorsen, he’s clearly frustrated with the program’s facilities.

There are lots of rumors flying about Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. However, most believe Rhoads makes it, but makes significant staff changes. Still, a loss to Kansas Saturday could damage his chances of survival.

Indiana is 4-6 with games against Ohio State and Purdue remaining. Most insiders believe Kevin Wilson will return in 2014 – if he beats the Boilermakers in the season finale. With a loss in that one, things get very interesting.

There have been rumors and reports for weeks that Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is a serious candidate for the USC job.

We’ve heard from a couple of sources that he could be in play with the Houston Texans, should they decide to dump Gary Kubiak at season’s end. The Houston Chronicle now reports that Sumlin would be a “prime candidate.”

With Washington State on the verge of its first bowl berth since 2003, head coach Mike Leach was awarded a new contract extension that keeps his salary at $2.25 million per year and keeps him in Pullman until at least 2018.

The Cougars went 3-9 last season and are 5-5 in Leach’s second year.

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Washington State extends Leach's contract through 2018

Washington State has extended Mike Leach’s contract through 2018.

Washington State has extended coach Mike Leach's contract through 2018 (Photo: AP)The Cougars were 3-9 in Leach’s first season at Wazzu, but are 5-5 with games remaining against Utah and arch-rival Washington.

Athletic director Bill Moos is quite pleased with the program’s progress.

“Mike Leach has done a fabulous job in his short time at Washington State,” Moos said in a release. “Extending his contract through the 2018 season will ensure a bright future for Cougar football. He has elevated the program on the field, in the community and in the classroom.

“I believe he is among the best college football coaches in America and is a fantastic fit in Pullman.”

Leach is 92-57 in 12 seasons as a college head coach. The Cougars five wins are their most at this point in the season since 2006.

“I’d like to thank Bill Moos and President Floyd for extending my contract and giving me the opportunity to coach at Washington State,” Leach said. “The support we have received from students, fans, alumni and the administration has been tremendous and by the end of this year we will have facilities that rival anyone in the country.

“As I’ve said many times, my family and I are extremely happy at Washington State and love living in Pullman.”

Photo: AP

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Pac-12 reprimands and fines Oregon DC Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

The Pac-12 has reprimanded Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and fined him $5,000 for comments he made leading up to and after the Ducks’ 62-38 win over Washington State on Saturday.

“The Pac-12 has specific rules that prohibit our coaches from making public comments about officiating, and this prohibition specifically includes comments that create doubts about the credibility of the Conference’s officiating program,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

“His comments also showed a lack of support for the Pac-12‘s policies on Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct, which call for our coaches to treat opponents with respect.”

According to the Pac-12’s release on the reprimand and fine:

Aliotti made derogatory public comments about the Pac-12 officiating program leading up to Oregon’s game against Washington State and continued that line of dialogue following the game. Additionally, Aliotti spoke negatively about Washington State’s coaching staff and the way in which Washington State finished the game. Since his initial comments, Aliotti has publicly apologized for his comments about Washington State.

Trailing 62-24 late in the fourth quarter, Washington State threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes against Oregon backups.

Aliotti said following the game that he thought WSU’s decision to leave its starters in late was “Bull—-” and “low class.”

He has since apologized to Leach and Washington State for those comments.

“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by Oregon. “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.

“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos (Washington State athletics director), Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”

Photo credit: Associated Press

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Oregon's Aliotti apologizes for Leach comments

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has apologized for his harsh comments about Washington State coach Mike Leach.

“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by Oregon. “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.

“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos (Washington State athletics director), Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”

Trailing 62-24 late in the fourth quarter, Washington State threw two touchdown passes in the final four minutes against Oregon backups.

Aliotti said following the game that he thought WSU’s decision to leave its starters in late was “Bull—-” and “low class.”

Photo credit: Oregon Athletics

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VIDEO: Oregon DC rips Mike Leach

Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti says that Washington State head coach Mike Leach’s decision to throw the ball late in the Ducks’ 62-38 win over the Cougars was “bullsh#t” and “low class.”

Video from Aliotti’s press conference is below:

What do you think? Do you agree with Aliotti’s comments?

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The Coaching Wire: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Jason Gesser is the new quarterbacks coach at Wyoming. (Photo: Jim Urqhart/AP)

Jason Gesser is the new quarterbacks coach at Wyoming. (Photo: Jim Urqhart/AP)

Jason Gesser named Wyoming quarterbacks coach

Jason Gesser has been named quarterbacks coach on Dave Christensen’s Wyoming staff. Gesser, a former Washington State quarterback who finished seventh in the 2002 Heisman voting and led the Cougs to the 2003 Rose Bowl, was Idaho’s previously offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach stepped in as the interim head coach when Robb Akey was fired last season. Gesser fills the spot of former Cowboys’ receivers coach Jason Ray who left to take the same position at Oklahoma State. His connection to Wyoming was through Cowboys’ associate head coach Pete Kaligis, whom Gesser has known since Kaligis recruiting players from Eastside Catholic High School in Seattle, where Gesser was coaching in 2009. Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon, who previously coached quarterbacks, has been switched to running backs. Derek Sage will continue to coach wide receivers. Jim Harding and Kaligis will split time between offensive line and tight ends.


Nevada’s Ken Wilson headed to Washington State

Nevada assistant Ken Wilson has accepted a job on Mike Leach’s Washington State staff as linebacker coach. Wilson, who is longtime friends with retired Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault, spent nearly 25 years at Nevada as an assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Nevada. He had three separate stints at Nevada (1989-92, 1994-95 and 2004-12) in a variety of roles, including time as the team’s defensive coordinator.


Anthony Midget to join Penn State staff

Less than two weeks after he left Georgia State for Marshall, defensive assistant Anthony Midget will join Bill O’Brien’s staff at Penn State. Midget takes the spot that became open when defensive coordinator Ted Roof left for Georgia Tech. Defensive backs coach John Butler was promoted, leaving his previous position vacant. Midget was GSU’s defensive coordinator in 2012 and secondary coach and special teams coordinator since 2008. He was an All-American defensive back at Virginia Tech and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2000.


Former Colorado assistant J.D. Brookhart leaving college coaching

J.D. Brookhart, who served as Colorado’s passing game coordinator, tight ends and special teams coach under Jon Embree the past two years, has decided to leave college coaching to work with the Carl J and Margot A Johnson Foundation, a Dallas-based Christian organization he worked for in 2010. Embree’s entire staff was let go after going 1-11 last season. “I was fortunate enough to be in two places total — one move — in 14 years,” Brookhart told the Denver Post. “Now this is going to be four houses in five years for me. It’s not something I want to go and pursue a place where we could be let go in another three years.”

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