WAC will wait until Monday

August 1st, 2009

Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said the league will not address possible action regarding Greg McMackin’s gaffe at the WAC Football Preview until Monday.
After the incident on Thursday, Benson said the conference would wait until after UH dealt with the issue before deciding on action. The school suspended McMackin for 30 days without pay yesterday, but he will continue to coach the team on a voluntary basis. He also accepted a 7 percent pay cut.
Benson said he’s had several conversations with UH officials since McMackin used a gay slur during his press conference Thursday in Salt Lake City.
“I was pleased to see the swift and decisive action taken by Chancellor (Virginia) Hinshaw and Jim Donovan and appreciate their quick action,” Benson said.
On Thursday, Benson said the league’s sportsmanship code addresses derogatory statements made by coaches or student-athletes with penalties ranging from a private reprimand to suspension.

“Ultimately it’s my decision, but obviously I’ll be seeking some council from other WAC presidents,” Benson said. “But again the fact that Chancellor Hinshaw and Athletic Director Donovan have acted in such a quick manner, it will make my decision much easier.”

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  • agnes pagan August 3, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I think the punishment was too severe I do not think he is against gays. He just did not think before he said those things. I think he has a terrific relationship withe his players and wish him well. I hope this does not put too much of a blemish on his careen. aloha agnes pagan

  • toni duilou August 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    McMackin should not be allowed to coach while on suspension or even be near the team. everyone say’s the punishment is enough. NO it ain’t. His the main head coach and remarks like should not be tolerated. McMackin is not what people think he is. now the truth comes out/his personality isn’t what people think he is. his cruel; think his the big man, but his not. ask the other other coaches about him and keep their names confidential they will speak out.

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