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).
Heading into spring practice, Minnesota will find its defensive secondary a bit thinner than it was when the curtain fell on the 2017 season.
A school spokesperson confirmed to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Ken Handy-Holly has been granted a release from his scholarship. 247Sports.com had previously reported that the safety was looking to transfer to be closer to family in Jackson, Ala.
A three-star member of the Gophers’ 2017 recruiting class, Handy-Holly was rated as the No. 38 safety in the country and the No. 28 player at any position in the state of Alabama. Only one signee in Minnesota’s class that year, offensive tackle Blaise Andries, was rated higher than Handy-Holly.
Because of injuries, Handy-Holly was pressed into action as a true freshman. He made his collegiate debut in a Sept. 30 loss to Maryland, and went on to play eight games total this past season.
In that action, Handy-Holly was credited with 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
An off-field situation for one playing member of the Arkansas football program that began during the 2017 regular season has taken yet another step toward winding its way to a conclusion.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Cole Kelley pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving while intoxicated. While the quarterback was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 89 of those days were suspended while he was given credit for time served for the other. Additionally, the Democrat-Gazette wrote, the 20-year-old Kelley “was also ordered to complete an alcohol safety class and pay $720 in fines and court costs.”
Kelley was arrested for DWI and reckless driving in November of last year. A day after the arrest, Kelley was indefinitely suspended by the football program and missed UA’s Week 12 game; he was subsequently reinstated after serving what amounted to a one-game suspension.
Austin Allen started the first five games of the 2017 season before going down with a shoulder injury. Kelley replaced him and started the next four, with a healthy Allen returning to his starting role for the remainder of the year.
On the season, Kelley completed almost 58 percent of his 151 passes for 1,038 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions. The rising redshirt sophomore is expected to compete for the starting job in 2018 under new head coach Chad Morris.
With coaching holes throughout his Washington State staff to fill thanks to significant offseason poaching, Mike Leach has added a very famous college football surname. Reportedly.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Steve Spurrier Jr. is leaving Western Kentucky to take a job under Leach at Wazzu. The son of College Football Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier just completed his first season as the Hilltoppers’ quarterbacks coach. He also held the title of assistant head coach under Mike Sanford.
It’s unclear what specific title Spurrier Jr. will hold at Wazzu.
Prior to his one season at WKU, and one season as an off-field staffer at Oklahoma, Spurrier Jr. had been an assistant on his father’s South Carolina staff for 11 seasons. During his time with the Gamecocks, he served at various points as wide receivers coach (2005-15), passing-game coordinator (2009-11) and co-offensive coordinator (2012-15).
Spurrier Jr., who played wide receiver at Duke, has also spent time during his coaching career as receivers coach at Oklahoma (1999-2001) and with the Washington Redskins (2002-03).
Baylor’s latest coaching addition is a very familiar name in the state of Texas.
BU confirmed Wednesday evening that Frank Okam has been added to Matt Rhule‘s coaching staff. Okam, who was a Freshman All-American and two-time All-Big 12 defensive tackle at Texas from 2004-07, will coach the Bears’ defensive line.
“Frank is a living embodiment of everything the young men in our program should want to accomplish,” the head coach said in a statement. “He’s a college graduate, an All-American, a Big 12 champion, a national champion, a NFL draft pick and then he continued life after football earning his master’s degree from Rice and is now one of the top young football coaches in the country.
“We are excited to have Coach Okam on staff and for him to mentor our defensive line group and help take them to the next level.”
The 32-year-old Okam, who went to high school in Dallas, spent the past four seasons at Rice, the last two as the Owls’ line coach. This will mark Okam’s first coaching job at a Power Five program.