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Colorado State to take ‘deep dive’ into ugly exchange between coach, Wazzu QB

Connor Halliday AP

Somewhat lost in Colorado State’s stunning comeback Saturday was a bizarre incident early that cast one member of Jim McElwain‘s coaching staff in a very negative national light.

After throwing his first of six touchdown passes, Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday became involved in a verbal exchange with Rams offensive line coach Greg Lupfer  along the CSU sideline.  Cameras caught Lupfer, the Daily Coloradoan wrote, “mouthing what appeared to be a homophobic slur” at Halliday, with that slur essentially boiling down to “f—–g f—-t*.”

(*Very NSFW hyperlink)

CSU athletic director Jack Graham met with the media following the New Mexico Bowl win — after pulling Lupfer out of the postgame celebration for a little one-on-one — and vowed to conduct a probe into the incident.

“We’re going to take a deep dive on this (in an investigation),” Graham said. “It appears that it was a very inappropriate event. … If it is what it appears to have been, it’s not what Colorado State University is. It’s unacceptable behavior and we will deal with it appropriately.”

Added Graham, “It’s not who we are or what we are. And we’ll deal with it.”

For his part, Lupfer apologized via Twitter for the words he directed at Halliday.

“I am truly sorry for what I said,” the assistant said. “It was wrong and those words do not represent who I am and what I believe in. I apologize for this embarrassment I caused for Colorado State University, this team and my family.”

Halliday claimed Lupfer grabbed him during the incident, although the video shows it was another CSU coach who put his hands on the player in an attempt to separate the two.  Like everyone else involved, Halliday declined to get into the specifics of what was said during the exchange.

“The coach grabbed me and said some profane things to me,” said Halliday. “That’s all I’ll say about it.”

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12 Responses to “Colorado State to take ‘deep dive’ into ugly exchange between coach, Wazzu QB”
  1. tuckfexas says: Dec 22, 2013 12:55 PM

    Whhhoooooooooo caaarrrreeeeeesssssss?????

  2. longtallsam says: Dec 22, 2013 1:13 PM

    I expect a lot of people care, if a coach made obscene comments to an opposing player. Quite different than if it were just players jawing at each other.

  3. planck16 says: Dec 22, 2013 1:18 PM

    Way blown up! QB should have stayed on the field and Coach should have kept mouth shut.

    This probably happens at least 15x each football game played from high school to the pros.

  4. bonerchamp says: Dec 22, 2013 1:19 PM

    He only calls people f***y when they’re acting like a f*g.

  5. Professor Fate says: Dec 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    Looks like a few commenters on here are qualified to play at CSU. If they had any talent, that is.

    If this was England the coach called him a f*cking cigarette. This ain’t England.

  6. brucebolton says: Dec 22, 2013 2:38 PM

    So the writer of this story John Taylor
    thinks a link to deadspin is: (*Very NSFW hyperlink)

    Are you kidding? It isn’t a link to a porn or extreme violence site. It is reporting what the guy said and using the words. Possibly NSFW but VERY NSFW? yeah right.

    I wonder what John Taylor think is a plain old NSFW site.

  7. meatcarroll says: Dec 22, 2013 2:59 PM

    It’s funny cuz it’s true. Moar liek Connor HalliGAY am I right?!?! Guys?!

  8. mogogo1 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:23 AM

    Bigger issue is for Leach to take a deep look into the dive his team made to give that game away.

    As for Halliday, great to be an emotional leader, but multiple dressings down of receivers on TV isn’t classy even if they were at fault.

  9. namriverrat69 says: Dec 23, 2013 2:59 PM

    Why is GLADD not demanding the firing of Greg Lupfer? They went after and got Phil Robertson fired from Duck Dynasty for a whole lot less.

    What a bunch of gutless hypocrites who use their club strictly for political purposes only.

  10. justalonewolf says: Dec 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    for gods sake man it’s football, have we all become pussies over the last 20 years???

  11. brucebolton says: Dec 23, 2013 4:18 PM


    This guy said 1 thing,a common school yard put down, in the heat of the moment. The Duck Dynasty guy went on and on about being against god and them being akin to bestiality.
    Also nobody knows who Greg Lupfer is so few people care.

    You are comparing apples and oranges.

  12. dkinphx says: Dec 24, 2013 9:39 AM


    What brucebolton said and adding that the CSU assistant immediately apologized for saying it.

    For me, personally, tt’s not a problem for him or Duck D*ck to think those thoughts. They both should have the right to feel and think anything they choose.

    It’s a whole other issue to say their thoughts out loud let alone THEN stand behind them. They both represent organizations. CSU guy respects that he represents CSU. Duck D*ck apparently doesn’t care that he represents A&E and that’s exactly why they took him off of further tapings. He’s a loose cannon representing their product.

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