Charlie Weis’ comments after talk with Greg McMackin

July 31st, 2009
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The following is a statement from a release from Notre Dame:

Head coach Charlie Weis in regards to Hawaii coach Greg McMackin’s comments yesterday:

“Our media day is not until next Friday so I believe it is in the best interests of the Notre Dame football program to address this issue promptly then put it to rest.

“Yesterday, Coach McMackin demonstrated poor judgment when, while making comments critical of our football program, he used a derogatory word. Speaking only for our football program, we were offended by the remarks.

“This afternoon I received a phone call from Coach McMackin and he apologized to me and asked I pass that along to my players and coaches. We accept his apology and we will move on.

“As a parent of a daughter with global developmental delays, I am especially sensitive to offensive characterizations like the one at issue here. But in

no way do I believe Coach McMackin¹s comments were intended to be offensive. In our phone conversation today, I expressed those sentiments.

“It is now time to put this incident behind us and return focus to the 2009 season.”

18 Responses to “Charlie Weis’ comments after talk with Greg McMackin”

  1. Kyle:

    cool, time to move on.


  2. Warrior Dave:

    Thank you Charlie Weiss for being a reasonable man. Wish there were more people that are willing to accept his apology and move on.


  3. Jasmine:

    Real class act. Too bad there aren’t more like him here instead of all these people out there railing on the coach. The person who was directly affected so to speak has accepted his apology and elected to move on and so should everyone else.


  4. kev-1:

    roygbivfan wrote

    “this was more than a foot in the mouth comment. he put both feet in his mouth and fell flat on his face. the macho-jock mentality caught up with him.”

    Give me a break. You are speaking as someone who was obviously offended by his stupid remark, but obviously no nothing about Coach Mac. The man apologized for his actions, in a very heartfelt way I might add, and you feel like it is a good time to throw dirt around. It is definitely not okay to simply dismiss coaches actions as if they were minor, because they werent. But the UH has acted swiftly and fairly tough. Compare this penalty to other incidents around the country and I’m sure you’ll find this to be rather harsh.

    It’s definitely not time to jump on the hate wagon and start boasting that some jock just fell flat on his face. You obviously have different issues with “jocks.” It is obvious that malicious intent was not part of Coach Mac’s comments, UNLIKE YOURS!


  5. Lyle:

    Coach Mac should have been fired for using a slur in regards to one’s sexual orientation.
    It is troubling that the UH administration is so tolerant when the state’s highest paid employee uses disparaging sexual orientation remarks. Are they so tolerant because we as a society really do see gays as “different” and therefore not worthy of respect or rights even?
    Would the UH administration have been so tolerant if Coach Mac used the “N”, “J”, or “S”(hispanic slur) word? I think not!!!… He’d have been out the door pronto!!!
    What’s the difference between a racial slur and a sexual orientation slur? Why such an insensitivity to the sexual orientation slur? Is it because we see gays as not human?
    Heaven forbid if Coach Mac used the “B” or “C” word!!!… Then what? He gets to do some public relations commercial saying he really doesn’t hate women and you shouldn’t say those words or you’ll get your mouth washed out with soap. PLEASE!!!…
    The President of UH should have stood up and done the right thing and sent a message that intolerance, indifference, and ignorance will NOT be tolerated. Instead the ball was fumbled and everyone goes on their merry way as if nothing matters.
    The politics of UH never ceases to amaze me.
    As for Coach Mac he should do himself a favor and take some public relations classes because it’s obvious he is terrible in public forum.


  6. roygbivfan:

    kev-1 wrote

    “Give me a break. You are speaking as someone who was obviously offended by his stupid remark, but obviously no nothing about Coach Mac. The man apologized for his actions, in a very heartfelt way I might add, and you feel like it is a good time to throw dirt around. It is definitely not okay to simply dismiss coaches actions as if they were minor, because they werent. But the UH has acted swiftly and fairly tough. Compare this penalty to other incidents around the country and I’m sure you’ll find this to be rather harsh.

    It’s definitely not time to jump on the hate wagon and start boasting that some jock just fell flat on his face. You obviously have different issues with “jocks.” It is obvious that malicious intent was not part of Coach Mac’s comments, UNLIKE YOURS!”

    dude, i posted that BEFORE mack had his newsconference in honolulu. his apology was sincere, heartfelt, and honest. i accept it and also wish to move on. in his newsconference at the wac tournament, he did stick both feet into his mouth and fell flat on his face, trying to get out of it; asking the reporters to give him a break also didn’t stand well with me. no maliciousness on my part, just stating my honest opinion, based on facts at the time.


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