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AMHERST, Mass. — Massachusetts suspended football coach Mark Whipple for one game Sunday after he said one of his players had been “raped” while complaining about the officiating Saturday in a loss to Ohio.
Athletic director Ryan Bamford announced the suspension of Whipple without pay for the Minutemen’s home game against South Florida on Saturday, and all team activities leading up to it. Defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham will serve as acting head coach.
The article goes on to state the following:
“On behalf of our department, I deeply apologize for the comments made by head coach Mark Whipple on Saturday after our game at Ohio,” Bamford said in a statement. “His reference to rape was highly inappropriate, insensitive and inexcusable under any circumstance. Coach Whipple’s comments don’t reflect the values of this institution, our athletics department or football program. Mark is disappointed in himself and understands his serious error in judgment.”
UMass football head coach Mark Whipple suspended for one week without pay following Ohio postgame comments. DC Ed Pinkham will serve as acting head coach. pic.twitter.com/Gey65Bhe7p
— UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) September 30, 2018
UMass coach Mark Whipple suspended by school one week w/out pay when commenting about officials, saying “they raped us” after loss to Ohio. DC Ed Pinkham is acting head coach Saturday when UMass hosts USF. Whipple also must participate in a mandatory sensitivity program
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 30, 2018
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Oh, Mark Whipple pic.twitter.com/JOrk3NCXyF
— Zack Duarte (@790Zack) October 1, 2018
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) September 30, 2018
Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple has been suspended for a week without pay after equating officials’ calls with rape during a postgame interview. https://t.co/c9TpFpRQ36
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) October 1, 2018
UMass football coach Mark Whipple has been suspended for one week without pay after comparing the team’s performance in its 58–42 loss to Ohio on Saturday to sexual assault https://t.co/nJMqZmmRSV
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 1, 2018