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Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 2:30 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

No offense taken here. I don't think he was intending to offend anyone. He was merely stating that regardless of the outcome of the game, he still felt his guys were the best and didn't care who disagreed with him. This is just the media making much ado about nothing.

Sandy, UT

I wasn't offended either. However, it is bizarre he needed to use the word Mormon at all. Why not just say "I don't care if a lot of byu fans are mad at me?"


It will be the Utah fans who should be up in arms, since Coach Walters obviously feels that the state as a whole is composed of both Mormons and BYU fans. Of course, he's not TOO far off with that statement.

water rocket
Magna, UT

Every coach wants to win and believes his team is the most talented, but when they have to resort to holding, pushing, and aggressive "banging," this is an obvious admission of their inability to stop their opponent any other way proves that they are not the best team. Still, when most coaches loose, they have enough class not to run down the other team or their fans. BYU had just beaten San Francisco for the third time this year, which isn't an easy thing to do, and this coach still insisted that his team was the better team. Go figure!

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

We all say things in times of stress that aren't intended to offend but could. The statement was unnecessary but hey this guy is a wonderfully coach who gets really fired up. Go cougs!

Layton, UT

I'm guessing the wcc put a lot of pressure on him to retract his comment.
byu brings alot of benefits to the conference, including holmoe's leadership, fan attendance, and tv...and they're beatable.

West Jordan, UT

His comments were dumb and sounded like sour grapes, but they weren't offensive. No need to apologize.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

What a stupid comment! His comment makes me glad that BYU won the game!

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't care if there are a lot of black people made at me
I don't care if there are a lot of women mad at me
I don't care if there are a lot of Jews mad at me
I don't care if there are a lot of Asians mad at me.

I don't think we should get upset, but if anyone used any of the phrases above he'd be called a sexist, racist, bigot.....just for singling out a group of people unnecessarily. And that's what he did here. I don't understand why he would use the terminology he did, but whatever. Lets not get up in arms and scream discrimination like other groups would do.

West Jordan, UT

“He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.”
― Brigham Young

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Coach's comments are just an interesting way of refering to a group of like-minded people. No offense taken.

Now, ekute... why would you think it is cute or smart or whatever you thought, or didn't think, when you said "they're beatable" about a team that didn't get beat?

And to comment about a conference, and the benefits a new member brings to that conference, and mention "beatable?"

Do you not see the irony?

In case you didn't, let me help. One could make the same defense of a certain team on a hill with new membership in a conference. They bring all of the same benefits to the conference. Except leadership. And fan attendance. And tv.

But they have the other benefit. Maybe not by BYU. But by the vast majority of their conference mates.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT


And so far I see no one taking offense.

Phoenix, AZ

I felt his comments were classless. These types of comments are what you hear from San Deigo State's "the show" and Dennis Rodman. Listening to the LMU coaches comments after his defeat and SF's coaches comments were night and day. LMU's coach was respectful while also giving praise to his team, SF's coach was negative and borderline derogatory. I agree with most posters that this isn't something to get offended by, but like Sports Are Great said, if this was said about a "protected" group, there would be forced repercussions. I am of the belief that if you verbally demean someone, you verbally apologize. Using Twitter is a cop out.

Back Talk
Federal Way, WA

It would have been better for him if he would have said "BYU Fans" rather than just "Mormons". Still, no personal offense need be taken by anyone.

When asked the question if he thought his players were still the best team in the tournament, perhaps he should have said yes, but despite being voted the coach of the year, maybe a better coaching job would have helped his players avoid a 3 peat sweep by BYU. That would have sounded a lot better.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Thanks Coach. Your words just might show up on the locker room wall next year.

I didn't take any offense at his remarks but it was fooling for him to say what he said. He also complained about all the "over the backs". I don't know about this year, but last year Haws was punched almost every time the ref was not looking at him.

Great game last night. Looking forward to tonight.

Salt Lake City, UT

No offense taken. In fact, I like spirited comments. They give us something to talk about the next day. I don't think an apology was necessary.

Lindon, UT

My first reaction to his comments was simply that he was a coach disappointed in the loss and wanted to show support for his team. The fact he said "Mormons" seemed unnecessary since it makes it seem as though all Mormons are BYU fans or that all/only Mormons live in Utah. Of course, neither of those things are true and he may be surprised to learn how many Mormons and BYU fans (2 diff. things) live in the San Fran. area. Nothing to be offended by but not very good sportsmanship from the guy that was just awarded the WCC coach of the year.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Doesn't sound like he was taking a shot at anyone. Still I've heard other coaches (including BYU coaches) sometimes use the phrase "the best team didn't win today." I kind of know what they mean but it still comes across as being lest that gracious in defeat. Just credit your opponent and move on.

Layton, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad,
I predicted your response. You can't deny that byu is a giant in the wcc in all aspects, yet...they're beatable.

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

ekute. "Beatable" ha, good one. Evidently not by San Diego in three tries this year. Thanks though for describing the Utes joining the PAC in EVERY major sport for three years and counting. Y grad/dad is right, irony at it's finest.

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