Wyoming coach humbled by 1-week suspension

Wyoming coach humbled by 1-week suspension

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) Saying his one-week suspension for his conduct after the Air Force game was humbling and difficult, Wyoming coach Dave Christensen apologized a second time for his actions and said he planned to coach the Cowboys for a ``long time.''

``Not being able to coach this football team was probably the most difficult pill I've ever had to swallow,'' Christensen said Monday. ``These players mean the world to me, and so it's been a very humbling experience for me by what's gone on. There's no one else to blame for what happened for my emotional outburst except for myself.''

The fourth-year head coach was fined $50,000 and suspended by the school over his conduct after a 28-27 loss to Air Force on Oct. 13 when he berated Falcons coach Troy Calhoun on the field, accusing Air Force of faking an injury to its starting quarterback in the fourth quarter in order to save a time out. In interviews with the media after the game, he accused the Falcons of unethical conduct.

The incident occurred on Wyoming's homecoming weekend and Military Appreciation game.

Christensen apologized the next day and coached the Oct. 20 game at Fresno State. But after a video of the confrontation went viral, the university announced the fine and suspension on Oct. 22.

Christensen said Monday that his suspension occurred a day after he talked to the team about how everyone will face trials and adversity in life.

``From this trial I'm going to be a better person, and I'm going to be a better football coach,'' he said.

In addition, Christensen said he has apologized directly to Calhoun. His initial apology on Oct. 14 didn't mention Calhoun.

Last week, when asked whether Christensen's suspension was appropriate, Calhoun said Wyoming has a ``class operation all the way through'' and that the important thing is to learn and move on.

Christensen said he watched at home on Saturday while Wyoming lost 45-14 to Boise State.

The week away from the program also ``gave me a chance to soul search myself and try to make some positive changes in my life,'' he said.

``I also spent a lot of time analyzing our program,'' he said. ``My goal is to build the University of Wyoming into a consistent contender for the long haul. I plan on being the head football coach at Wyoming for a long time.''

The episode exacerbated a dismal season for the Cowboys (1-7, 0-4 Mountain West), who have no chance of getting to a bowl game.

Wyoming hosts Colorado State (2-6, 1-3) on Saturday.

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Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

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Stephen Strasburg returns to Nats lineup after DL stint

Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season. 

The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee. 

One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night. 

Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup. 

Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer. 

Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup: 

According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup. 

Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.