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Video: Wyoming’s Christensen goes off on Air Force’s Calhoun after game

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Following Air Force’s 28-27 win over Wyoming last Saturday, Cowboys coach Dave Christensen accused Air Force quarterback Connor Dietz during a post-game press conference of faking a head injury after losing his helmet during a play so that the Falcons could get an injury timeout. College football’s new helmet rule states that players who lose their helmets must sit out one play before returning.

Later, Christensen issued a public apology to Air Force and coach Troy Calhoun, who he apparently had some choice words for after the game.

“I want to apologize to Wyoming fans, the Mountain West Conference and the game of college football for my actions and for the comments that I made after our game against Air Force,” Christensen said. “I let my emotions, my passion for our football program and the frustrations of the first half of the season get the best of me, and my actions reflected negatively on our program.”

The apology seemed a bit unnecessary and not newsworthy at the time. Football is an emotional game and it wouldn’t have been the first time two coaches had some words to say to each other after the final whistle.

Then a video of the skirmish surfaced, and by skirmish, I mean Christensen losing his freaking mind. Because of the very NSFW language coming out of Christensen’s mouth, we can only link to the video HERE.

It’s one thing to exchange unpleasantries or drop a single “Felix Unger” after the game and move on — what TV viewers and game attendees experience is an extremely filtered version of what’s said on a football field — but it’s another to lose it entirely, and that’s what Christensen did. It’s not clear if the Mountain West is already aware of the video or not, but more than an apology is necessary here.

When you add in that Wyoming is 1-5 on the season, and I would venture to guess that played a role in Christensen blowing his lid, it will probably take five wins in the next six games for this matter to be considered over… and for Christensen to keep his job (although,”go do your f——- press conference, Flyboy” was pretty spectacular, and on Military Appreciation Day no less).

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21 Responses to “Video: Wyoming’s Christensen goes off on Air Force’s Calhoun after game”
  1. pricecube says: Oct 19, 2012 7:35 PM

    Wow! That was ridiculous. In the age of youtube one should really take a deep breath and think hard before acting like class A jackass.

    From what I understand it does sound like the Air Force QB pulled a fast one… but Christensen’s reaction was totally uncalled for. Shame on them both.

  2. normtide says: Oct 19, 2012 7:39 PM

    Has this coach ever served his country? Those flyboys will be, so maybe he should STFU.

  3. BurkieInBoston says: Oct 19, 2012 7:41 PM

    Not a good time to be caught on camera f’bombing past & future heroes of our country. Met Troy Calhoun when I introduced him @ Nike Clinic in the offseason between leaving Texans as OC & starting as HFC @ AFA: great guy. I was half in the bag, but he was great to work with in those 5 minutes between when the clinic director had to drag me out of the bar & when I shook his hand after the intro & headed back to said bar. True story. What a super guy & I like how he did not back down when dumbass Wyoming douche came after him. Carry on …

  4. westlaw1 says: Oct 19, 2012 7:51 PM

    I’m quite comfortable with the idea of Wyoming taking the steps to fire their coach “for cause.”

  5. pike573 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:19 PM

    So Christianson can understand… f*cking fire his fat f*cking ass. F*ck

  6. sonofaveatch says: Oct 19, 2012 8:28 PM

    I love how the apology wasn’t even to the USAFA. He shows no respect for the integrity of College Football, and his lack of respect for the military academy who train to protect his fat ass.

  7. charliereno says: Oct 19, 2012 9:33 PM

    You are spot on. I noticed the same thing. The guy is a despicable, disgusting, irrational piece of garbage.

  8. huskerguy says: Oct 19, 2012 10:50 PM

    I say all us “flyboys” that served go to WY and give him some remedial training in the ethics he was so emotional about.

    Who was the chick at the end? His wife? Nice…

  9. queenlivekillers says: Oct 19, 2012 11:24 PM

    Temporary insanity.

  10. Deb says: Oct 19, 2012 11:48 PM

    Yeah, Christensen’s behavior was over the top. But I’m curious whether all the folks who want to fire Christensen–or give him “remedial training”–would have been so understanding if their team had lost a game because an opposing player cheated by faking an injury to get a timeout. Somehow I think they’d be in their living rooms throwing the same kind of f-bombs at the TV.

  11. normtide says: Oct 19, 2012 11:56 PM

    Cussing AF’s coach don’t bother so much Deb. At the start of the video you can see him telling a cadet to F— off, I find that to be way out of line. Most likely, those cadets will at some point put their lives on the line to help ensure he keeps the freedom to curse at others. Guess I am old fashioned, but don’t cuss our future defenders.

  12. Deb says: Oct 20, 2012 12:09 AM

    @normtide …

    Didn’t see that … or more likely didn’t hear it. Keep my computer on mute and the video was several seconds in before I put the sound on. No, there’s no excuse for him cussing at students from any school, and certainly not Midshipmen. Any issue should have been taken up with the coach. Yes, I appreciate the service as well. My dad was Navy … though not by way of the Academy :)

  13. normtide says: Oct 20, 2012 12:14 AM

    My Dad was in the Navy as well, we had fun exchanging jokes on each other when I came home from Army AIT. Btw, that’s Air Force, not Navy, but same sentiment.

  14. dmcgrann says: Oct 20, 2012 12:58 AM

    Wow. All for what? What was the advantage of getting a timeout in this particular case? The starting quarterback for AFA, once he lost his helmet, was out for the next snap, timeout or not. So, the backup comes in on the next play and scores – is the argument that the timeout gave the AFA time to set up the backup for the scoring play? There were 8 minutes left. I don’t get it.

    Close to the same thing happened in our first game of the year. QB lost his hat after driving to inside the opponent’s 15. Trotted off, backup came in, threw TD pass. No timeout involved, but, really. Arguing that an injury timeout makes a difference is like arguing that one blown call by the ref messed everything up.

    Wyoming scored first in this game. Went for two, and didn’t make it. If they’d made it, they’d have won, if the rest of the game had played out the way it did. Kicked an extra point (they kicked one PAT and ran for two after other TDs), and they would have at least put it into overtime.

    Wyoming had possession for 10 more minutes of the game than AFA. Total yards gained 447-371, advantage, Wyoming. Wyoming had more first downs, 26-18. Turnovers, one on each side. Penalties, 45 yards, Wyoming, 10 yards, AFA. AFA had four TDs, all with PATs, Wyoming, 3 TDs (with 3 PATS), and two FGs.

    Coach Christensen might want to look at the game tape. It wasn’t any “bogus” injury timeout with eight minutes to go that he should be worried about. Maybe it was the TDs they might could have had from what turned into FGs. Or failing to capitalize on controlling the football for ten minutes more that the opponent. Or maybe making some extra point conversions.

    I’d imagine that at 1-5, Coach Christensen is under a whole lot of stress. He might want to consider dialing it back a bit and looking at the whole picture. Making yourself look like an unemployable fool isn’t a good thing.

  15. whodoes says: Oct 20, 2012 1:26 AM

    – Threw a fit, but no video = What’s the big deal?

    – Threw a fit, but there’s video = Oh my god, something must be done about this! This cannot stand!

    Seriously, doesn’t seem like a big deal even after seeing that video. Also, we can respect the military and all that, but it doesn’t somehow make them above any and all reproach. To paraphrase Dan Hawkins, this is Division I football; if you can’t handle being called Howdy Doody or Flyboy, maybe go play intramurals, brother (or maybe find a time machine to go back 60 years to when those “slurs” might have had some sting).

  16. tttrojan4life says: Oct 20, 2012 2:43 AM

    I’m so sick of people worshipping the students/players in the academies. OK they serve our country, but it is their choice. If they were drafted, then that would be entirely different. If they are going to play football with the rest of the teams, then they should be treated like everyone else.

  17. reesesteel23 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:03 AM

    That was..Hillll….arious. LOL

  18. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 20, 2012 11:20 AM

    Calhoun was lucky he didn’t get that grin slapped off his face.

  19. chitownjeff says: Oct 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    Wow.. and this is the guy who’ll be preaching discipline and situational awareness to his team?

  20. huskerguy says: Oct 20, 2012 1:08 PM

    I don’t cuss at a game on tv or when I coach. It’s called real ethics and self discipline. Try it sometime.

  21. pike573 says: Oct 20, 2012 4:34 PM

    Regardless if the kid did cheat, as a HC you have to have some restraint and decorum. Never a reason to make a display like that. Have some class

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