McMackin regrets derogatory comments

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

SALT LAKE CITY (KHNL) - University of Hawaii head football coach Greg McMackin is under heavy scrutiny after he made derogatory comments about homosexuals regarding a Notre Dame football cheer.

The incident took place on Thursday morning at the annual Western Athletic Conference football preview in Salt Lake City. During his time at the podium McMackin recounted a story regarding the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl banquet when Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis said, "we do something special at Notre Dame." McMackin continues the story by saying, "They (Notre Dame) get up and do this little cheer. Like this little f----t dance. The guys were all looking and trying not to laugh."

Shortly after making the comments, McMackin returned to the podium to issue an apology.

"What I was trying to do was be funny, but it wasn't funny, and it wasn't funny and what's even more it isn't funny to me, and I was trying to make a joke and it was a bad choice of words, and I really, really, really feel bad," said McMackin.

WAC commissioner Karl Benson said he'd wait for UH to review the situation before deciding on any disciplinary action.

In a release UH-Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said, "I know that Coach McMackin deeply regrets his comments because they do not represent his personal beliefs nor those of the University of Hawai'i at Mnoa, which supports an inclusive campus environment for all students."

UH Athletics Director Jim Donovan added, "We're very disappointed regarding the comments Coach Greg McMackin made at the WAC Media Preview earlier today in Salt Lake City. Obviously we don't condone his remarks, particularly since we take such great pride in the diversity of our state and university. I've conveyed my disappointment to him and he has expressed deep regret for showing such poor judgment."

Hinshaw and Donovan plan to meet with McMackin first thing on Friday morning to discuss the incident.