Aliotti Apologizes for Comments

Oregon Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized for comments he made regarding Washington State's Mike Leach following Oregon's 62-38 win on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.

"The bottom line is, I'm sorry," Aliotti said. "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."

Moos, a former Oregon athletic director was present for the game.

Aliotti made disparaging comments in the post-game media conference in which he derided Leach for continuing to pass in a game that had long been decided and against Oregon's third and fourth string players on defense. Saying the move was "low class" Aliotti accused Leach of padding statistics.

Washington State had been trailing Oregon by 31 points (55-24) when the Ducks pulled all of the starters from the offense and most of the defense. After corner back Terrance Mitchell picked off a Connor Halliday pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown and subsequent point after, the Ducks made wholesale substitutions on defense as they had done with the offensive unit.

WSU continued to play its starting unit and scored two touchdowns, both on passing plays with the last score coming with just 11 seconds left on the game clock.

A media release from the Oregon Athletic Department directed those interested in further details of what led up to Aliotti's apology to this link.

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