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Ducks’ Aliotti sorry for rapping Leach

Mon., Oct. 21, 2013, midnight

EUGENE – Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized for comments he made following the No. 2 Ducks’ 62-38 football victory over Washington State in which he complained about the Cougars leaving in their starters and throwing for two late touchdowns.

Aliotti had called out Washington State head coach Mike Leach, calling the tactic “low class.” Oregon pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game.

“My integrity’s important to me, and the type of person I really am wasn’t portrayed in that moment,” Aliotti told

“I got caught up in the emotion, and that’s not what a man of Oregon should do. I’m embarrassed.

“The bottom line is, I’m sorry. I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. … I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.

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

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