Wyoming Cowboys athletic director Tom Burman spoke to the media about his decision to fine and suspended head coach Dave Christensen, which was due to the video that surfaced where he was swearing toward Air Force Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun.
Burman said that while Christensen is suspended he still be paid, and will be reinstated Sunday morning. He also said he saw the video two days after the game, but he did not want to make a rash decision on punishment. Burman took his time so that he could consult with school president Tom Buchanan as well as their legal team.
The end result, which most by now know, is a one week suspension and a fine of $50,000. As for that fine, there is no specific location where that money will be heading.
Things could have been a lot worse, as Christensen's contract has a clause which requires the coach to be an upstanding citizen as they represent the school:
"Conduct unbecoming of a member of the University athletic staff or which bring discredit to the University and causes serious harm to the University as reasonably determined by the University."
Burman has no plans to let Christensen to go and said Christensen will be the coach next season:
"I expect him to be the head football coach at Wyoming next year and I expect him to get this program turned around and get us going in the right direction," Burman said.
"Obviously, he's created a hurdle that's going to make it more challenging. He's a dedicated guy and wants to be successful here more than anybody I've ever met. I think he will find a way and will his way to get this program turned around and back to a situation we were in last year sooner than later."
Is that the dreaded vote of confidence? Well, the team is vastly underachieving with their 1-6 overall record, and being 1-3 in the Mountain West. The offense has not been as advertised, but starting quarterback Brett Smith has missed time due to injury, plus getting ejected late in the Nevada game did not help.
There is talent there to turn this thing around, and outside of the Texas and Fresno State games, the Cowboys have had chances to win every single game on their schedule.