Well, received an e-mail from the athletic director. And this was attached. Big, big props to the school, the AD, the coach. Takes character to openly admit a mistake. So I take back any negative thoughts, and give credit where credit is due:
April 23, 2009Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Contact: Paul Plinske
Statement concerning actions by Warhawk football coach
WHITEWATER â€“ University of Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance LeipoldÂ apologized to the Royal Purple, the campus newspaper, for his use of inappropriate language to a reporter and his banning of the newspaper from covering the team. LeipoldÂ promises to cooperate with the Royal Purple in the future.
In an email to the Royal Purple reporter, Leipold offered his sincere apology for his behavior, especially his use of inappropriate language. He acknowledged that the reporter, the UW-Whitewater campus community and alumni expect and deserve better from the head football coach of a nationally recognized football program. He also agreed to meet with the reporter to further discuss the matter.
Athletic Director Paul Plinske said Leipoldâ€™s behavior was unacceptable. Plinske expects all of his coaches to behave in a professional manner both on and off the field. â€œI am disappointed that Coach Leipold responded in this manner,â€ Plinske said. â€œThis is by no means a reflection on Warhawk Athletics. Instead, it is an instance where an excellent coach allowed his passion for the program and his team to get the best of him. Coach Leipold knows his behavior was unacceptable.â€
Chancellor Richard Telfer supports Plinske in this matter. Telfer also believes that the relationship between the Warhawk football team and the Royal Purple can be repaired. â€œLance Leipold admitted that he behaved poorly and he has apologized. It is my hope that we learn from this situation and move forward,â€ Telfer said.Â â€œThe Warhawk football program is one of the best in the nation and we want to focus on continuing to improve the program.Â Coach Leipold understands that the program needs the support of the entire campus community, and that includes the Royal Purple, to be successful. I know we can put this unfortunate situation behind us.â€