Monday, November 12, 2007
Wyoming coach apologizes for flipping bird during Utah game
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn apologized Monday
for making an obscene gesture to the Utah team after the Utes tried
an onside kick while ahead by 43 points.
Glenn was reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference later in
the day and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham acknowledged the onside
kick with a 43-0 lead was a "bad decision."
Glenn, who had publicly guaranteed a victory last week, was
furious when the Utes tried to get the ball right back after Louie
Sakoda's 41-yard field goal with 6:21 left in the third quarter.
Wyoming recovered the onside kick and Glenn gave the finger to
the Utes, who went on to win 50-0 in Salt Lake City. After the loss
Saturday, Glenn said he didn't remember the gesture, but on Monday
"I met with my team on Sunday and apologized to them for the
gesture I made toward the Utah bench during the game," Glenn said
in a statement.
"I also want to apologize to all fans for that action. Football
is an emotional game, and I let my emotions get the best of me,"
he said. "I felt it was appropriate for me to let my team and all
fans know that I am truly sorry for that emotional moment."
Mountain West Conference officials reprimanded Glenn in a brief
statement Monday afternoon after reviewing videotape of the game
and speaking to Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman. The gesture
was Glenn's first offense of the Mountain West's sportsmanship
policy, which is subject to a reprimand, according to the league
During his news conference Monday in Salt Lake City, Whittingham
said he shouldn't have called for the onside kick in a game the
Utes (7-3, 4-2) were well on their way to winning.
"We had worked two weeks on it and wanted to find a spot to use
it," he said. "You get caught up emotionally in a football game,
you want to be competitive and the juices are flowing, but when I
had a chance to digest it, if I had to do it again, I wouldn't."
Glenn said Saturday he regretted guaranteeing that the Cowboys
would win. Utah fans mocked him for it late in the game by chanting
"I got emotional last week and got my big Irish mouth going and
made the guarantee," Glenn said. "I'd probably like to have it
back now. I wouldn't do it again. Find the crow, and I'll eat it."
Wyoming (5-5, 2-4) has lost four of its last five games. The
Cowboys must upset conference-leading BYU on Saturday to earn a
Find the crow and I'll eat it.
--Wyoming coach Joe Glenn, after he guaranteed a win over Utah -- and the Utes won 50-0.