Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti is upset with Mike Leach and Washington State. For trying. Or something?
“I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there,” Aliotti told reporters after the Ducks’ 62-38 win, according to The Oregonian. “And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did.”
Oregon threw the ball 4 times in the 4th quarter — one for a touchdown, three by their starter — when they had already doubled-up the Cougars; they led 48-24 at the time. Yes, Washington State continued to throw the ball, but they were trailing big and that is what you do when you’re losing. And as a college team, there are are still things they can work on, even in a blowout loss against backups.
This is one of the stranger criticism I’ve ever seen. Especially coming from a team that makes no bones about putting up numbers. Did he really think the Cougars and their quarterback wanted to set the record for pass attempts in a game?
Aliotti has issued a formal apology:
“The bottom line is, I’m sorry,” Aliotti said in a statement released by the school. “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.
“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.”