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BYU's Hall reprimanded by MWC for comments about Utah



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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- BYU quarterback Max Hall was reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference Monday for his comments about the University of Utah following BYU's thrilling 26-23 victory in overtime.

The MWC issued a statement saying, Hall "has been issued a public reprimand for comments which disparaged and criticized another MWC member institution following the November 28, 2009 Utah at BYU football contest. The actions of Mr. Hall were in violation of MWC Sportsmanship Rule."

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After Hall threw the game-winning touchdown to tight end Andrew George to beat Utah, he blasted the Utes in his post game comments.

"I don't like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans. I hate everything," Hall said. "It felt really good to send those guys home."

Hall said he was still upset with the way his family was treated by Utes fans last year in Rices-Eccles Stadium.

"I think the whole university and their fans and the organization is classless," Hall said. "They threw beer on my family and stuff last year and did a whole bunch of nasty things. I don't respect them and they deserved to lose."

Sunday, Hall issued an apology, saying he got caught up in "the heat of the moment" and that his comments were directed at a group of Utah fans that harassed and "physically assaulted" his family members.

He said his comments were, "not intended to be directed at the entire organization and all of their fans and I apologize that it came out that way.

"I have the utmost respect for Kyle Whittingham, his coaching staff, and the Utah football players. I apologize to them and other members of the university for my comments."

Hall also apologized to his teammates and coaches and said he hoped, "BYU and Utah fans can take steps to prevent future incidents at the game." [CLICK HERE to read Hall's entire statement]

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