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Oregon DC Aliotti apologizes for calling WSU ‘low class’

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After beating Washington State 62-38 on Saturday, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti went off on Mike Leach for having quarterback Connor Halliday throw 89 times, including during garbage time. Aliotti called Leach’s gameplan “bull****” and “low class,” but apologized for those remarks on Sunday.

“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by Oregon (via CSN Northwest). “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.

“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and (Washington State AD) Bill Moos, Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”

Halliday threw for 557 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions against Oregon. It was the third time this year Halliday’s attempted over 60 passes in a game — he threw 65 in Washington State’s season opener against Auburn, and 67 in a 22-point win over California Oct. 5.

The 89 pass attempts set a new FBS record, with Halliday breaking Drew Brees’ previous mark of 83 passes in a 1998 game against Wisconsin.

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15 Responses to “Oregon DC Aliotti apologizes for calling WSU ‘low class’”
  1. auburntigers34 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:31 PM

    Expecting the losing team to roll over and die is what’s low class. It’s his defense’s job to keep them out of the end zone.

  2. Deb says: Oct 21, 2013 2:54 PM

    @auburntigers34 …

    Exactly. Why should Wazzu stop playing just because they can’t win? Aliotti was being a twit.

  3. afrancis55 says: Oct 21, 2013 2:55 PM

    Allotti is full of sh*t. Leach should not accept his apology. I find it quite ludicrous that an Oregon coach is moaning about another team padding stats and running up the score. If Aliotti is going to whine about teams not rolling over and quitting maybe Oregon should start kneeling the ball at the start of the 4th quarter.

  4. imaduffer says: Oct 21, 2013 3:00 PM

    Or, Oregon could have kept their first team in and put up another 40 or 50 points.

  5. beastmode5150 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:14 PM

    F Oregon. Childish rich kids.

  6. ratsfoiledagain says: Oct 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    Don’t throw the football on my team, ever. It’s classless and baseless. My guys might get hurt due to your team still fighting the fight. sniffle, sniffle…

  7. imaduffer says: Oct 21, 2013 6:41 PM


    No, Johnny Football plays in the SEC.

  8. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 21, 2013 7:04 PM

    I’m glad he apologized. I’m happy to see Washington State show some heart, and seeing Halliday get back on the horse time after time earned my respect. Oregon tries to score with second and 3rd string players after starters sit. They do this because they feel that it is disrespectful to their opponents to patronize them, and the height of dishonor to shame them. As a bonus, new starters have plenty of reps under their belt against starters so it truly is a next man up system. Alliotti’s comments (which he repeated so there were no misconceptions) went against that philosophy, and that is the reason he was forced to apologize. I am confident that if you ask any of the opponents (or their honorable fans) we have faced over the last 5 years they will tell you that we do not run up the score for the sake of padding stats.

  9. billybobyall says: Oct 21, 2013 8:27 PM

    Yeah, wsu was totally classless – like that one team who ALWAYS tries to run-up the score when smashing lesser teams! Oh wait, that’s the ducks….all hell, just forget it!

  10. tigersfandan says: Oct 21, 2013 9:03 PM

    On the other hand, Leach should apologize to his QB for having him throw 89 passes in one game! Alliotti might not have a valid complaint, but Leach is going to hurt his own player.

  11. swu32733 says: Oct 21, 2013 11:41 PM

    The cheaters from Nike U are classless even when they win. Their time is coming. I heard they may even have a player from Oregon at some point in the future.

  12. txnative61 says: Oct 22, 2013 1:29 AM

    On a dominating team such as Oregon, one of the biggest problems is being so stacked with talent that many players rarely see “live” action, even in “garbage time”. It can only help them in the long run. The only reason to be mad about it would be he had money on the spread and WSU covered. The spread was ridiculous, but I doubt that happened.

  13. longborer69 says: Oct 22, 2013 5:01 AM

    “I heard they may even have a player from Oregon at some point in the future.”

    His name might be Tyner.

    Alliotti is just playing the media for his own purposes.

  14. oldforester says: Oct 22, 2013 11:39 AM

    Finally in a PC world someone is real. Hats off to Nick Alliotti.

    Regarding Leach, his team is like a circus. They had only 12 running plays the entire game, none in Q4. Leach reminds me of a streaker, he is out to get attention, but you know it won’t end well. He is trying to draw attention to himself, and by not putting in some of his backups at the end of the game to gain some experience he is hurting his team.

  15. hutchtl says: Oct 23, 2013 5:07 AM

    There is something wrong with this picture…..It’s alright for WSU to keep their starting offense in the entire game and throw to the bitter end but….what if we kept our starting defense and offense in to the bitter end and added 30-40 more points and not allow them to score the last 2 TD’s. What would you guys be saying then…Just saying it was classless for WSU to keep their starter in to the end even though they had no chance of winning.

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