UMass football head coach Mark Whipple has been suspended for one week without pay following his postgame comments after Saturday’s 58-42 loss to Ohio on the road, where he said the refs “raped us”….
But in the opinion of UMass head coach Mark Whipple, the game was decided by officiating. Whipple sounded off on the officiating crew afterward, in a postgame interview with the UMass radio broadcast, and at one point compared a (in his opinion) missed pass interference call to sexual assault.
“They raped us,” Whipple said.
“We had a chance there with 16 down and they rape us, and he picks up the flag. So our guys fought. They have a good team and they were home, and I thought our guys were certainly ready to play because we went up 14-nothing. We just have to get ready for next week. We didn’t make enough plays to beat a team like that. “
Here was the school’s response below:
UMass football head coach Mark Whipple suspended for one week without pay following Ohio postgame comments. DC Ed Pinkham will serve as acting head coach. pic.twitter.com/Gey65Bhe7p
— UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) September 30, 2018
Whipple also released a statement when his suspension was announced.
“I am deeply sorry for the word I used on Saturday to describe our play in the game,” he said. “It is unacceptable to make use of the word ‘rape’ in the way I did and I am very sorry for doing so. It represents a lack of responsibility on my part as the leader of this program and a member of this university’s community, and I am disappointed with myself that I made this comparison when commenting after our game.”
Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham will serve as acting head coach this week.
It’s 2018, the PC police are brutal. Still not a smart thing to say.