Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized Sunday evening for remarks he made to Washington State head coach Mike Leach after Saturday’s lopsided 62-38 win over the Cougars.
In a release by the University of Oregon, Aliotti apologized to Leach, fans of both schools and WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos.
“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in the release.
“I’m embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There’s no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won’t happen again.”
Late Saturday evening, Aliotti allowed his temper to get the best of him when talking about two late touchdowns by the Cougars when the game was clearly out of hand.
“That’s total bulls**t that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,’’ Aliotti said after Saturday’s game.
“And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think it’s low class and it’s bulls**t to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.”
According to reports, Aliotti spoke with Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich early on Sunday about his remarks.
“First of all we have a lot of respect and ( Coach Aliotti ) has a lot of respect for for coach Leach and Bill Moos for Washington State and I think the content and the manner of his comments were not representative of him or our program,” Helfrich explained Sunday evening during his teleconference.
“I know he’s remorseful and more or less caught in the moment of defending our players. We’ll all learn from that and move on.”
Aliotti, known for his fiery personality and willingness to speak openly to the media, felt he stepped over the line and wanted to issue an apology to both schools and Leach.
“I’d like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos ( Washington State athletics director ), Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans.”