He was humbled by the experience, sorry that it happened and grateful to be back.
Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was all of that Monday, which was his first time talking to the media since he was suspended by UW last week for the Oct. 13 tirade after the Air Force game. Christensen returned to work Sunday.
“Not being able to coach this football team was probably the most difficult pill I’ve ever had to swallow,” he said.
“These players mean the world to me. There’s no one else to blame for what happened except for myself. I also ask for forgiveness and an opportunity to move on and make the best of a bad situation.
“I’m sorry for it. I regret it and now I’m gong to move on.”
For more on Christensen’s return and his comments, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also log on to www.wyosports.net.
Some other news and notes from Monday:
–Senior safety Luke Ruff will miss his fourth straight game. Christensen said Ruff, senior defensive end Miraldo Michel and senior middle linebacker Oliver Schober are out for Saturday’s game with Colorado State. True freshman running back D.J. May and sophomore safety Mark Nzeocha are day-to-day.
–Sophomore running back Kody Sutton is no longer on the team. He is still in school through the end of the fall semester. Christensen said Sutton will try to attend a college closer to his home in Texarkana, Texas. Senior safety Kenny Browder also is not with the team, but Christensen said he will graduate.
–UW senior defensive tackle Mike Purcell described Saturday’s Border War with CSU as the biggest game in his career. Colorado State senior linebacker James Skelton said the same thing to its local media. Big words for two teams with a combined three wins this season. Winning or losing, the Border War means a lot to these two teams.
–This year’s Cowboys can be the first since the 1970-73 teams won four straight over CSU and have all the seniors go out without a loss to CSU. However, there are two seniors in UW’s class that have experienced losses to CSU. Right tackle Kyle Magnuson and linebacker Patrick Hartford were redshirted in 2008 as freshmen when UW last lost to CSU — 31-20 in Laramie.