The University of Wyoming did battle with the Air Force Academy on Saturday, but the real fight almost took place following the game.
Cowboys coach Dave Christensen verbally attacked Air Force coach Troy Calhoun following the game, as you can see here (Warning: video is NSFW due to multiple expletives):
To make matters worse, Saturday's contest was Military Appreciation Night. Hearing Christensen say things like "Mr. Howdy Doody" to someone with military service is shocking, and word came out on Monday that he will pay for the tirade.
According to Casper Star-Tribune reporter Ben Fredrickson, Christensen has been reprimanded:
Yahoo! Sports reporter Frank Schwab mentions why Christensen was angry in the first place:
He thought Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz faked an injury near the sideline when he lost his helmet and had to come out of the game, which bought some more time for the Falcons. Air Force backup quarterback Kale Pearson scored the go-ahead touchdown on the next play and the Falcons went on to win.
Disappointing loss or not, it's clear from the video that the Cowboys coach crosses the line. This goes beyond Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz's handshake fiasco in the NFL last season. Attacking Calhoun's military background because of what he deems as questionable ethics is over the line no matter how you cut it.
What do you think?
According to Fredrickson, Christensen will not be on team facilities this week and assistant coach Pete Kaligis will coach the team in his stead. Fredrickson also mentions that Christensen will be reinstated on Sunday.
Obviously emotions run high, especially with a dramatic finish, but coaches are expected to lead by example. Showing that type of emotion doesn't set a good example for players, fellow coaches, and it makes the school look bad along the way.
Suspending Christensen for his actions isn't surprising. A worse punishment wouldn't have been shocking either.
Being a sore loser is one thing, but attacking someone over what sounds like "sour grapes" is childish. Some subjects demand people to tread lightly, and military background is one those things. Picking Military Appreciation Night to go off on Calhoun was both unwise and ridiculous.