Thu Jul 30 04:02pm EDT
Just one more reminder to coaches that the media is recording you ...
By his own admission, Hawaii coach Greg McMackin had a rough day at the Hawaii Bowl last Christmas Eve -- in fact, at the WAC's media cattle call this morning in Salt Lake City, he told reporters the 49-21 bludgeoning was the worst defeat of his career, and one he put squarely on his own shoulders for ordering his players to perform their famous Haka dance in direct response to Charlie Weis' speech at a banquet the night before the game. As McMackin told the story today:
"The night before the game ... Charlie gave this talk, and then he goes, 'Any Notre Dame fans in here?' ... He had his guys, 'We do something special at Notre Dame,' he said, and they get out and they do this little cheer ... like this ... this little faggot dance. ... So my guys are looking at me ... and they're all trying not to laugh ... So our guys get up and it's the best Haka I've ever seen. ... It was a little scary. So I think Notre Dame watched that and said 'We better have ourselves ready.'"
McMackin knew he'd made a mistake provoking the Irish then, and quickly realized he'd made a much bigger mistake by potentially provoking a room full of sportswriters, to whom he quickly asked to cover his tracks:
"Don't write that 'faggot' down. I was misquoted," he said. "Just please … cover for me," McMackin said Thursday. "Go ahead, say ‘faggot dance.’ No. Please cover for me on that, too — right Karl [Benson, the WAC commissioner]? I’ll deny it. Anything else?"
Yes, actually, there was one more thing: McMackin returning to the room 15 minutes later to "officially, officially apologize," to assure reporters he "[doesn't] have any problem with homosexuals" and plead with them one more time to not run "that word." Which, of course, they immediately did.
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Hat tip: Peter. And it seems this isn't the first time McMackin has asked reporters to cover his tracks, although it is the most serious.