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Colorado State assistant is suspended for shouting gay slur at Washington State’s Connor Halliday
Greg Lupfer, Colorado State defensive-line coach, has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl.
The Associated Press
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Greg Lupfer, Colorado State defensive-line coach, has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday during Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.
Athletic director Jack Graham also ordered Lupfer to undergo anger management and diversity training at his own expense.
ESPN cameras showed Lupfer shouting at Halliday after the quarterback threw the first of his six touchdown passes for the Cougars, who lost the game 48-45.
Lupfer has ties to Washington. He was a linebacker for Walla Walla Community College in 1989 and 1990 and is from Dayton, Columbia County.
In a statement released by the university, Lupfer said, “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.”
Boise State QB says dismissal is unfair
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick said he was unfairly dismissed from the Hawaii Bowl, arguing he was falsely accused of urinating from a hotel balcony.
Southwick, a senior who was sent home Friday by interim coach Bob Gregory shortly after the team arrived in Hawaii, took a polygraph test after returning to Boise in his bid to prove his innocence, KTVB-TV reported.
Southwick said the results of the polygraph indicate he was telling the truth: He witnessed another player urinate off the balcony, but didn’t do so himself.
“I told them (coaches) who did it,” Southwick said. “And then it kind of came to a lot of finger-pointing and one side had more than one person saying one thing.”
Southwick, who said he showed anger when told he was dismissed, said three people accused him of being the guilty party.
“I guess the temper tantrum of one person didn’t look good,” he told KTVB.
Although he contends school officials didn’t investigate, Southwick said, “I don’t want to turn this into me going against Boise State. I love Boise State.”
• Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was voted The Associated Press national coach of the year by a media panel. The Tigers (12-1) will play Florida State (13-0) in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. “It’s very humbling,” Malzahn said. “Any time you get awards like this, it’s a team thing, as far as our staff and our players. It’s been fun to be a part of this year.” Malzahn received 33 votes. David Cutcliffe of Duke (10-3) was second with 17 votes.
• USC safety Dion Bailey announced he would forgo his final season of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Bailey, a fourth-year junior, intercepted five passes this season, 11 in his career. He started the previous two seasons at linebacker.
• Alan Arrington, an assistant football coach at the University of Akron, was killed Monday in a car accident in his native Mississippi. He was 44. He coached at North Alabama and Mississippi earlier in his career.
• Georgia, citing unspecified violations of team rules, suspended strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and backup cornerback Sheldon Dawson for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl against Nebraska. Harvey-Clemons, who also was suspended for the Bulldogs’ opener against Clemson, is third on the team with 66 tackles.