Wyoming suspends coach Dave Christensen for a week, fines him $50,000
Wyoming suspended head football coach Dave Christensen for a week and fined him $50,000 for his actions after a 28-27 loss to Air Force on Oct. 13., reports the Casper Star-Tribune.
“It is important to send the right message to players for their actions,” Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman said.
Christensen was informed of the decision Monday morning. Assistant Pete Kaligis will coach the team this week. Christensen will not be allowed to attend practices or be in the team’s facilities leading to Saturday’s home game against No. 21 Boise State.
Christensen apologized to the school, fans and players the day after the game and has since been reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference. Burman said the Christensen will be the coach next season and Wyoming president Tom Buchanan released a statement saying he supports the suspension and fining of Christensen.
A video of Christensen’s exchange with Air Force coach Troy Calhoun was posted online on Thursday. As of Monday afternoon, the video had more than 105,000 views.
The video starts with Christensen cursing in the direction of the Air Force team before meeting Calhoun for the postgame handshake. He accuses Calhoun of having quarterback Connor Dietz fake an injury to buy the Air Force staff extra time before the go-ahead touchdown. Christensen then continues his tirade by personally attacking Calhoun.
“I’d be f—— scared to death if I had a f—– like you defending me,” Christensen told Calhoun.
After being pulled away by his daughter toward the Wyoming locker room, Christensen finished by saying:
“Go get in your f—— press conference, fly boy.”