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Early in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer launched a tirade (scroll down) at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday. It appeared during the replay that one of his profanities was a gay slur. Today, the school decided to suspend Lupfer for two weeks without pay and mandated that he undergo anger management and diversity training.
“I accept these consequences—two weeks without pay and the training programs—and I am thankful for this second chance to continue coaching at Colorado State and be a part of the Ram Family,” Lupfer said in a statement released by CSU. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which does not represent who I am or my values. I embrace the opportunity to participate in anger management and diversity sensitivity training. I was angry and careless with my words, and my words hurt many people. I sincerely apologize to the GLBTQ community for causing pain by using a slur without considering its meaning. I take ownership of my words and fully understand why people are very upset.”
CSU DL coach Greg Lupfer makes 150,000 a year. One paycheck is about 5,800. That's his punishment for using a gay slur— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) December 24, 2013
From Phoenix Airport — It's that time again. Time to take an analytical eye and breakdown the performance of WSU's individual units in the New Mexico Bowl. While there were lots of impressive individual statistics for the Cougars, to give great grades after a 48-45 loss would make me guilty of worse grade inflation than Griffin Elementary School.
Grades after the jump.
From Tucson — It was a Saturday of significance in the Pac-12 and almost every game seemed to possess extra importance. Colorado ended a long slump, Arizona State moved within one win of locking up the Pac-12 South, USC shook up the balance of power in the Pac-12 and may have found its new coach and the Washington State Cougars won their fifth game for the first time since 2007 … Here's how they scored … Our notebook from the game … And our keys to the game … Further down on SportsLink we have postgame videos of coach Mike Leach, quarterback Connor Halliday and more … The football team weren't the only winners on Saturday. The men's basketball team beat Lamar and improved to 2-0 on the season … It wasn't all good news for WSU sports, however, as the women's soccer team fell to Illinois in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Links from around the conference after the jump.
Notes compiled by Bobby Alworth and courtesy of Cougar Athletics.
Having now watched the Pac-12 Network’s replay of the game (and having attended, of course) I’d like to introduce this new feature to the blog. The hope is that by analyzing individual position groups we can get a better idea of what this WSU team really looks like. What are the team’s strengths, who is getting better and who is mired in a slump?
Without further adieu, grades after the jump.
Oregon State used a 35-0 run to put the Cougars to bed last night, here's our story from the game … And here's the notebook … Josh Wright joined us in the press box and has an excellent sidebar on OSU receiver Brandin Cooks …
But there were other games played on Saturday, too. Read on for links from around the conference.
While we fight through some technical difficulties to bring you the postgame video interviews (don't worry, they're coming), let's look at some numbers to help put WSU's 44-22 victory over the Golden Bears in perspective. Quarterback Connor Halliday wasn't the only Cougar to put up big numbers, althoug his were certainly the biggest. Check out these statistics compiled by WSU's Bobby Alworth, after the jump.
Each team seemingly did what it could to muck this game up until one of them got out of its own way. And what do you know it, the Cougars were the first to accomplish that feat, crafting a 10-7 victory of one of the ugliest football games you’ll ever want to see, but in the end, it was beautiful for those colored crimson, and it was a win over USC in Memorial Coliseum, something the Cougars haven’t done since 2000. And it’s the Cougars’ first win over a ranked opponent since they beat Oregon at Martin Stadium in 2006. Here is the game story. We will have more later.
FROM LEWISTON — Back in Pullman now, and with our newspaper story filed, we'll pass along some quotes from coach Mike Leach's media session after the Cougars opened camp earlier this afternoon.
FROM SPOKANE — This post is brought to you by a Starbucks in Shadle Park, where we've sought refuge after the gates of Joe Albi Stadium were apprently on the verge of closing. Keep reading for more notes and such from another riveting spring game, which the Gray team won, 22-21.
FROM PULLMAN — The wind and hail didn't stop Washington State from scrimmaging on Saturday. But it did keep the Cougars from executing as well as they could have. Offensively, at least. Keep reading.
(My iPhone cut out before the last question, so apologies for that.)
Here's today's player video, courtesy of WSU athletic communications.
FROM PULLMAN — If we had to guess who Washington State's starting quarterback will be on Saturday, we'd feel at least semi-comfortable saying …
FROM LAS VEGAS — For the second consecutive week, Washington State escaped with a closer-than-it-should-have-been victory. But this one came against a considerably weaker opponent than Eastern Washington. We have our capsulated look at the game after the jump.
FROM PULLMAN — An early-morning drive from here to Spokane is on tap for yours truly, followed by a flight to Las Vegas. The team is heading down there today, too, but we have some links to share before making the trip. Read on.