Here is the statement from the University of Wyoming Monday on the one-week suspension and fine for football coach Dave Christensen:
University of Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman announced (Monday) that football coach Dave Christensen has been suspended one week, effective immediately, and fined $50,000 for his actions following the Oct. 13 game vs. Air Force.
Assistant Head Coach Pete Kaligis has been named the interim head coach for this week. Kaligis will coach the Cowboys in this Saturday’s home game against Boise State.
“After a long and difficult week of consideration, I believed it was in the best interest of the University and our Athletics Department to take this action,” said Burman. “The reputation of our University and of our athletics programs is of the upmost importance. Over the past week, I have reviewed the contract situation with our university legal department, I have spoken numerous times with President Buchanan and have consulted with other individuals in college athletics whom I respect.
“The other factor that was a very important consideration of mine was the well being of the young men in our football program. I think it is important to send the right message to them in terms of taking responsibility for your actions. This has been a difficult time for those young men. We hope that our fans will show their support for the team this coming weekend.”
Burman addressed the media on Monday afternoon, and will have no further comment.