Oregon DC Calls Leach ‘Low Class’
[UPDATE, 9:15 AM ET Monday: Aliotti has apologized for his postgame comments. “I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game,” he told GoDucks.com. “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 Bill Moos, Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”]
Idaho head coach Paul Petrino has some company in the Mike Leach Non-Fan Club in the form of Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
After Leach’s Washington State team continued to throw and throw often in the second half despite trailing, 62-24, with 13:01 remaining (contributing greatly to Cougars QB Connor Halliday’s NCAA-record 89 pass attempts), Aliotti called him “low class” (among other things):
“That’s total (B.S.) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did. And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s (B.S.) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.
“Make sure he knows that. Because I don’t really care.
“I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there. And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did. They want stats, they got stats. But we got the most important stat and that’s the ‘W’ and we are happy about that.
“I’m repeating myself, but again, in the end he’s still throwing at a time when most guys would try to end the game and go home.”
Aliotti had the last laugh. Not only did his team win, 62-38, his defense also forced five Wazzu turnovers.
But we’re with Leach on this beef: You shouldn’t have to apologize for playing until the final whistle, especially when you are getting blown out.
[Editor’s Note: Language is NSFW]