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A few days after the fact, the Mountain West Conference has wrist-slapped a Cougar player and coach:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - BYU Football Assistant Coach Barry Lamb and defensive end Jan Jorgensen have been issued a public reprimand for comments critical of another MWC member institution which appeared in the Provo Daily Herald on November 19. The actions of Messrs. Lamb and Jorgensen were in violation of MWC Sportsmanship Rule Sections 4.2-e and 4.4.5.
The Mountain West Conference will have no further comment regarding this case.
Here are the Daily Herald article comments that got Jorgensen and Lamb in trouble:
"...Jan Jorgensen, a senior defensive end, has never lost to (Air Force) and blurred the line of criticism by calling (AFA head coach Troy) Calhoun's men "legal, but dirty."
"And then there's Barry Lamb -- who's entering his 16th game against Air Force as a BYU linebackers coach, and is 10-5. Like other Cougars, Lamb starts cautiously. Like other Cougars, he also genuinely appreciates the academy -- their service and devotion, and of course their on-field traits of toughness and never giving in....
"The only thing about the Air Force game is they cut so much. They block low on your ankles and knees. It's not legal."
Lamb says that last part three times before elaborating:
"But they're good at it. They post and chop a half-dozen, a dozen, maybe 15 times a game. But as long as the officials don't call it, it's legal. So we don't worry about it. It's part of the game."