San Francisco head coach Rex Walters reacts to a call during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game against BYU Monday, March 10, 2014, in Las Vegas. BYU defeated San Francisco 79-77 in overtime. (Isaac Brekken, Associated Press)
University of San Francisco head basketball coach Rex Walters apologized for his comments about Mormons and Utah after his Dons were eliminated by BYU in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
Last week, Walters said his team was the best in the tournament. After the Cougars' overtime victory, Walters was asked by a reporter if he still thinks that is true. You can watch the press conference (fast forward to the 13-minute mark to see the coach's entire remarks) in the video attached to this story.
"I would say we are the best team in this tournament," Walters said at the 19-minute mark. "The best team may not have won tonight. Our hat's off to BYU ... There may be a lot of Mormons mad at me, but I don't give a rat's you-know-what what the state of Utah thinks of me. I'm proud of our guys. They won the game tonight. They deserved it. They played better tonight. But I wouldn't trade one of my guys for any player in this tournament. Not one."
Dons' Head Coach Rex Walters yells at a refereee as BYU and San Francisco play Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in the Marriott Center. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
Early this morning Walters apologized through his Twitter account