Oregon Ducks’ Defensive Coordinator Calls Leach ‘Low Class’
EUGENE, Ore. (CBS Seattle) – The Oregon Ducks’ defensive coordinator was not happy with the plays that Washington State’s head coach called throughout the game on Saturday.
In his post-game press conference, defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti ranted about how he did not like the fact that Mike Leach, Washington State’s head coach, allowed the Cougars starters to play the entire game despite the lopsided score.
“That’s total B.S. that he [Leach] threw the ball at the end of the game like he did,” Aliotti said during his press conference. “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 B.S. to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.”
Even as a reporter tried to ask another question, Aliotti couldn’t get over the situation.
“Make sure he knows that,” Aliotti went on to say. “Because I don’t really care.”
Aliotti was upset with Leach for letting the Cougar offense continue to throw. Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday attempted 28 passes in the fourth quarter. He completed 18 of them for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
“I am kind of stunned he would keep his quarterback and crew in there, the defensive coordinator continued. “And still he threw the ball with 20 seconds left. But he did. They want stats, they got stats. But we got the most important stat and that’s the ‘W’ and we are happy about that.”
Aliotti made it clear that his frustration was geared towards Leach and not the Washington State players.
“I’m repeating myself, but again, in the end he’s still throwing at a time when most guys would try to end the game and go home,” Aliotti explained.
The Ducks were able to intercept Halliday four times, including one that was returned for a pick six.
Halliday set a NCAA record in attempts with 89 and also set an Autzen Stadium record with 557 passing yards.
The Ducks defeated the Cougars convincingly 62-38.
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