Posted: Oct 22, 2012 4:15 PM by Q2 Sports
Updated: Oct 22, 2012 6:42 PM
Laramie, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday that Wyoming head football coach Dave Christensen has been suspended one week, effective immediately, and fined $50,000 for his actions following the Oct. 13 game vs. Air Force.
Christensen signed a contract extention in Janaury with total compensation of $1.2 million a year.
Christensen met Air Force coach Troy Calhoun at mid-field following the 28-27 loss a week ago Saturday. He accused the Falcons of faking an injury to their starting quarterback in the fourth quarter so they could set up the next play without taking a time out. Air Force scored the game-winning touchdown on the next play when backup quarterback Kale Pearson ran in a bootleg.
During his profanity-laced tirade, Christensen called Calhoun 'Mr. (explative) Howdy Doody' and 'Fly Boy'. Ironically, the University of Wyoming was celebrating Military Appreciation Night at the game.
"After a long and difficult week of consideration, I believed it was in the best interest of the University and our Athletics Department to take this action," said Burman. "The reputation of our University and of our athletics programs is of the upmost importance. Over the past week, I have reviewed the contract situation with our university legal department, I have spoken numerous times with President Buchanan and have consulted with other individuals in college athletics whom I respect.
"The other factor that was a very important consideration of mine was the well being of the young men in our football program. I think it is important to send the right message to them in terms of taking responsibility for your actions. This has been a difficult time for those young men. We hope that our fans will show their support for the team this coming weekend."
Burman addressed the media on Monday afternoon, and says he will have no further comment.
Assistant Head Coach Pete Kaligis has been named interim head coach and will be in charge for Saturday's home game against Boise State.