Coach sorry for anti-WSU tirade

McClatchy news servicesOctober 22, 2013 

Interim head coach Dennis “Dirt” Winston speaks to his team during practice Monday at Grambling State in Louisiana. The Tigers forfeited their game Saturday because of a player revolt.


Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized for comments he made about Washington State coach Mike Leach after Saturday’s game.

Aliotti took issue with Leach keeping his starters in while Oregon played its reserves late in the second half of the Ducks’ 62-38 blowout victory. Oregon led 48-24 after three quarters.

“I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game,” Aliotti said in a statement. “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 (WSU athletic director) Bill Moos, Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”

Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday set an NCAA record by attempting 89 passes, including throwing two TDs in the fourth quarter against the Ducks’ reserves. That upset Aliotti.

“That’s total (expletive) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,” Aliotti said after the game. “And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s (expletive) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.”


Members of the Grambling State team said the squad will return to practice and resume the season after boycotting its game at Jackson State on Saturday. Complaints included poor facilities, the firing of popular coach Doug Williams and long bus rides to Kansas City, Mo., and Indianapolis for games.

The team met with several former Grambling players over the weekend as well as Baton Rouge businessman Jim Bernhard, all of whom advised the players to end their boycott, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf both will be prepared for Iowa State, and the starter will be revealed at game time. Walsh has been starting since the second game of the season for the Cowboys (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12), but a poor performance in last Saturday’s 24-10 win against TCU led to Chelf replacing him. … Quarterback Taylor Martinez practiced Sunday for the first time since mid-September, and Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the fourth-year starter could play against Minnesota on Saturday. If Martinez can’t play, redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. would be in line for his fourth straight start. … The NCAA will announce the University of Miami’s punishment in its case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro on Tuesday morning. Miami, which will be notified of the decision before it is released to the public, already self-imposed two years of postseason bans and suspended players multiple games for infractions but additional penalties are expected. … North Carolina State quarterback Brandon Mitchell will return to the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Florida State after missing five games with a broken foot.

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