San Francisco coach apologizes for postgame comments about Mormons


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  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 15, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    I think SOME BYU fans will agree that a more appropriate post-game comment would be:

    “I don’t like [BYU]. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans. I hate everything.... I think the whole university and their fans and the organization is classless".

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 14, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    Strong Man
    Eau Claire, WI

    Thanks for trying to be the voice of reason!

    But I'm not ready yet. ek's comments COULD be taken as a sarcastic , but that would be like taking offense at anything Rex said. Why waste the energy? I don't have a problem feeling like his team is better than the Y. That point has been examined to death.

    So, if we take ek's comments at face value, what's the point. EVERY team is beatable. Might as well point out that we also bring a really nice shade of blue to the conference.

    But, as you have obviously tried to take the higher road, I will try to repent and do better.

    Thanks, ekute, for the compliments! When we think we're unbeatable, we'll let you know. Hopefully AFTER we've gone unbeaten, not before.

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    March 13, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Why get offended by that? He loves his team just like any good coach. He was simply referencing the obvious that most of BYU's fans are members of the Church. Can't get better publicity than free publicity.

  • Strong Man Eau Claire, WI
    March 13, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    Oh c'mon, Y Grad/Y Dad and Christine B. Hedgefog, all ekute is trying to say is that we (BYU) bring a lot to the table for the WCC in terms of publicity, fan base, tv, etc. but that we are beatable which means we don't (or at least haven't so far) dominate the conference (that's Gonzaga's role for now). We are beatable. No, we didn't lose to San Franciso or San Diego this year but are we beatable in the WCC? Yes! By Gonzaga most recently but once before (1/25/14), by LMU (12/28/13) by Pepperdine (12/30/13), by Pacific (1/23/14). And that fact -- that we are beatable -- is, I think, all that ekute is trying to say. We bring a lot to the conference but we aren't dominating the conference (yet!!!!). I don't see much irony here. I think (staying in line with some earlier comments in this strand) that we don't need to take offense. Point well made, ekute!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    March 13, 2014 1:29 a.m.

    I'm a proud Mormon and a huge Coug fan...But I like and admire the SF coach... He has put a good team together and the Dons did well this year... It's always hard to lose that last game (particularly in OT)...

    The Media was simply trying to rub his face in his earlier statement about having the best team at the Tourney... To back down from that statement would be a slap in his player's face... Not the best choice of words but definitely the right intention.

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    March 12, 2014 12:45 p.m.


    Much ado about nothing. No offense intended. No offense taken.

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:57 a.m.



    I agree the phrase, "The best team lost this game", is probably not the most intelligent comment ever spoken, but I'm certain that at least one time every team has had a coach or a member of their fan base make that remark. Hardly exclusive to BYU or the other WCC teams.

    I actually don't blame Coach Walters for saying or believing his team was better than BYU. After all, the Cougars did not have their best game against USF. Despite a couple of double digit leads, the Cougar offense went cold at a number of key points and allowed the Dons to get right back into the game.

    My advice to everyone is, forget about it and carry on. BYU's season isn't over yet and I'm certain San Fransisco's isn't either. It's just a matter of waiting to find out what post-season tournament each team lands in.


  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:30 a.m.

    If Coach Walters, or any USF players or fans are reading this, let me just say as a BYU fan, Apology Accepted. No Harm, No Foul.

    USF is a great team and you guys played your guts out Monday night. As a Cougar fan, we know all about close, difficult losses and sometimes emotions can boil over. In the past, some of our guys have said things to the media which made us as fans shake our heads and quietly say, "OOPS!" And in all honesty, what Coach Walters said really wasn't all that bad.

    No doubt that with a 21-11 record, the Dons will land in one of the post season tournaments, and I truly, sincerely hope they do well.


  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 12, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    The better team doesn't always win...3 or 4 times in a row.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    March 12, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Absurd that the coach insists his team is better after repeatedly losing to BYU head to head. Wait, where have I heard that before?

  • KimmyP Granstville, UT
    March 12, 2014 6:49 a.m.

    Wow, people are up in arms over the losing coach saying "the best team lost this game", yet they use the same quote when the cougars lose games. Hypocrisy?

    March 11, 2014 11:57 p.m.

    "The best team may not have won tonight."

    Don't know why BYU fans would be mad at the statement. Lots of them make it after a lot of their losses.

  • gtread Sacramento, CA
    March 11, 2014 10:28 p.m.

    C'mon media. As a proud Cougar fan and Mormon, I couldn't have cared less about Walter's comments and I can't imagine anyone else being offended. Media concocted story. Period.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 7:35 p.m.

    After the heat of the battle, don't speak for 1 hour. Just ask Max Hall and the corner with Seattle. That said, I wasn't offended and would find it silly for anyone to be offended by what Rex said. No big deal.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 11, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    DN moderator: I don't understand why I am being censored for a direct quote that DN put in print…
    I'll modify and try again:

    Offended? Not really.

    But his post game comments tell me 3 things about him
    1. He loves his players.
    2. He is a delusional sore loser.
    3. He is a religious bigot. There is no reason whatsoever to bring religion ("Mormons") into the topic. He could have easily said "BYU fans" instead, but he chose not to.

    And if he doesn't give a hoot what Mormons think, then why is he apologizing?

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    March 11, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    Sounds like poor sportsmanship at the end of a heated game.

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    Hey, it's a free country. If Rex wants to state how he feels, more power to him. I'm a little puzzled why Mormons/BYU fans would be upset with him for losing to us 3 times in one season. We won all three games. Couldn't be happier. But if it makes him happy to proclaim his team is the best one in the tournament, great!

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    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.
    Or by usf whom also got beat 3 times by BYU,but for Walters to say what he did does not make him look like the WCC coach of the year ,it makes him look more like the WCC chump of the year.

  • Fooballguy salt lake, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    IF I offended anyone: famous non-apology words. I personally am not offended, but I am a little embarrassed for Coach Walters. Not his best moment I think, neither in the post game comments, nor in the weak apology.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    March 11, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    If you come to San Francisco...
    Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
    Summertime, there will be a love-in there

    Must be March madness. ... Not summertime.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 11, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    "I'm proud of our guys. They won the game tonight." - San Francisco coach Rex Walters

    Wait a sec...this coach is saying his team won the game in spite of the fact that BYU actually won it? Does this sound familiar?

    "We won this game. It felt like a win. Just because the scoreboard says something different doesn't mean we didn't win." - BYU LB Brady Poppinga after losing to Boise St.

    Coach Walters may be closer to being a BYU-type than he would be comfortable with.

  • FlyNRelbonzo Orem, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:25 p.m.

    Back off PC Police...nothing here to see.
    Now, USF, best team??
    You lose to BYU at home, on the road and at a neutral site...0-3.

  • Deamon North Logan, UT
    March 11, 2014 3:00 p.m.

    The only thing I'm offended by is his lumping Mormons and BYU fans.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    March 11, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    You have to choose to take offense. And that applies to life in general.

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:54 p.m.

    Represent Blue quoted Brigham Young and I agree completely with BY's sentiment. Even though Coach Walters apologized I think it's self evident what he meant. I don't take offense at comments like this but it was a verbal dig and cannot be retracted.

    The post game handshakes by USF players and coaches were obviously a physical portrayal of what they felt and thought and the comments by the coach verbalized their collective feelings.

    The game was probably the most physical conference game of the year and the refs let both teams play hard. BYU and USF had several no-calls and tempers were hot. I'm just happy BYU won the game, it could have gone easily the other way so by my accounting and opinion, the best team did win last night.

    My shell is thick and I will respond in kindness, no hard feelings.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    Wookie, in this crazy PC world we live in, any time a protected group is unnecessarily singled out its automatically some form of bigotry. He referred to Mormons even though he didn't need to as not all Mormons are byu fans and not all byu fans are Mormon.

    If he had played a team full of black players at a historically black college with mainly black fans and said "I'm sure I'm going to upset a lot of black people but we were the better team" surely you can realize the liberal masses would scream bigotry. No difference between my hypothetical and what he did. The only difference is the reaction the left would have and the reaction(or really lack of) most BYU Mormons are displaying here.

    Like just about every poster has said, we're choosing to not be offended by it.

    It just wasn't a smart thing to say in this PC obsessed world we live in.

  • AZUtahn Gilbert, AZ
    March 11, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    I am so sick of the PC culture in our society. Nothing he said was offensive and even if it was...WHO CARES!!!!! This country did not achieve the strength of character it has by everyone being handled with kit gloves. We are free and if you want to maintain freedom you have to take the good with the bad. Freedom is sometimes offensive!
    It is OK for Pornographers to peddle their filth and enslave a generation of people, but it isn't OK to say, I don't care if Mormons or Utahns are made at me? He is delusional anyway, he just said his guys won tonight when the scoreboard said otherwise.

  • Alex 1 Tucson, AZ
    March 11, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    After reading his remarks, I found myself asking myself, "Was I supposed to be offended by what he said?" It wouldn't have occurred to me to give his commentary a second thought.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    March 11, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    I'm Mormon and I am curious to understand what he said that caused such a stir in the media?


  • A_Chinese_American Cedar Hills, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    agree with this assessment: "No offense taken here. I don't think he was intending to offend anyone."

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    what was offensive about that?

  • boneheaded, but not a smidgen SLC, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:49 p.m.

    what would anyone be offended about? I think the pc police have gone crazy......I AM NOT OFFENED

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    @Sports Are Great

    I am glad that is so. There were a few on CB last night who did take offense, although I am sure most of those have slept it off since. Its easy for both sides to let their emotions get the better of them after a close, hard fought game, and I suspect that is why Coach Walters made the comments he did. If anything he just sounded like a sore loser, which is what I am sure he regrets most.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    It may have been a dumb comment but an apology was not necessary. I am a Mormon, I am not mad at him, and was nowhere near offended by his comment. Honestly, I don't see anything to be offended by unless you look at it from an ultra-sensitive politically correct lame liberal point of view.

    The silliest thing about his comment was him saying that he thinks SF is the best team in the WCC. That is laughable since it has been proven to be incorrect by head-to-head play, overall record, conference record, etc. But that didn't make me mad, it just gave me a good laugh.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    No offense taken. This is a case of a good coach supporting his team. If you or your son played for him would you rather he said something like, "My players just aren't that good. They'll never match up with some of the other teams in this conference."?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    If I was still living in Marin County (across the Golden Gate Bride). I would of come to his campus and leave a message "Morman was here". Come on coach want missionary discussion?

  • estreetshuffle Window Rock, AZ
    March 11, 2014 1:23 p.m.

    USF MOTTO: Motto: Educating minds and hearts to change the world, Change the World from here yey

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 11, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    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."

    So, what, did you write it down and put it in your pocket? What is the point? Gonzaga is beatable, by BYU even. Arizona is beatable. Utah is beatable.

    Only more so...

    Hey, I have a prediction. BYU IS beatable AND we bring leadership, fans and TV. Maybe the PAC whatever will reconsider inviting BYU to come play.

    Nah, the PAC doesn't need leadership, fans or TV. And they've already taken care of a two year supply of "beatable."

    Seriouusly, why do you want to continue this discussion?

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    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.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 11, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    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.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    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.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    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.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 11, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:26 p.m.


    And so far I see no one taking offense.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 11, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    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.

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:18 p.m.

    “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

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    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.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:12 p.m.

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

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:11 p.m.

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

  • ekute Layton, UT
    March 11, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    March 11, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    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!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    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!

  • Buzzards LEHI, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Trevvor Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    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?"

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    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.