CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Air Force coach Troy Calhoun isn't dwelling on the outburst directed at him by Wyoming coach Dave Christensen after the Falcons beat the Cowboys last Saturday.
Asked about the situation Tuesday, Calhoun likened it to military personnel having to put up with people voicing dissent about the military.
"I think the thing you got to know, as an officer, you're going to fight for those freedoms, for the First Amendment and that First Amendment can be used in various ways," Calhoun said during the weekly Mountain West Conference call with media and coaches. "...You just got to know that can occur, but you march forward, too."
Christensen has since apologized and was reprimanded by the conference. He declined to comment further on the matter Tuesday.
After Saturday night's game, which Air Force won 28-27, Christensen confronted Calhoun on the field and accused Air Force of feigning an injury to its starting quarterback with about 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter in order to set up the next play without taking a time out.
The referee had announced that Connor Dietz, by rule, had to leave the game because his helmet came off. As Dietz neared Air Force's sideline, he took a knee and was attended to by trainers.
At the time, Air Force had all three of its timeouts available.
Air Force ( 3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) scored on the next play when backup quarterback Kale Pearson ran a bootleg in from 5 yards out on third down, giving the Falcons the lead.
Dietz returned on the Falcons' next possession. Wyoming (1-5, 0-2) failed to score the rest of the game.
Christensen was visibly upset, yelling at Calhoun when the two met on the field. Calhoun remained calm.
Christensen continued to lambaste Air Force in subsequent postgame interviews with the media.