Posted: Oct 22, 2012 7:13 PM by MTN News
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday that Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen has been suspended one week, effective immediately, and fined $50,000 for his actions following the Oct. 13 game vs. Air Force.
Christensen met Air Force Falcons coach Troy Calhoun at mid-field following the 28-27 loss a week ago Saturday and verbally attacked him, accusing Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz of faking an injury in the fourth quarter. Christensen said he felt that allowed Air Force additional time to draw up a scoring play. The Falcons scored the game-winning touchdown on the next play.
During his profanity-laced tirade, Christensen called Calhoun "Mr. (expletive) Howdy Doody" and "Fly Boy."
"After a long and difficult week of consideration, I believed it was in the best interest of the University and our Athletics Department to take this action," said Burman. "The reputation of our University and of our athletics programs is of the upmost importance. Over the past week, I have reviewed the contract situation with our university legal department, I have spoken numerous times with President Buchanan and have consulted with other individuals in college athletics whom I respect.
"The other factor that was a very important consideration of mine was the well being of the young men in our football program. I think it is important to send the right message to them in terms of taking responsibility for your actions. This has been a difficult time for those young men. We hope that our fans will show their support for the team this coming weekend."
Burman addressed the media on Monday afternoon, and says he will have no further comment.
Assistant Head Coach Pete Kaligis has been named interim head coach and will be in charge for Saturday's home game against Boise State.
UW was celebrating Military Appreciation Night at the game.