University of Utah suspends football coach for texting a racial slur

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Morgan Scalley (University of Utah)

A college football coach has been suspended after a years-old text that consisted of a racial slur was uncovered.

Morgan Scalley, defensive coordinator of the University of Utah football team, was put on leave Friday following the discovery of a 2013 text in which he utilized a racial slur. The announcement was made by Mark Harlan, the university’s athletic director.

reports that an official, external investigation will look into Scalley and his text message. Harlan mentioned that Scalley confessed sending out the text that included a “negative and agonizing word.”

“The use of any kind of racist language is not just antithetical to our policies and our worths, however it is an affront to all of us, particularly our African-American community members,” Harlan composed in a tweet announcing the move. “While the review of this matter is being conducted, I have actually positioned Morgan on suspension efficient instantly.”

Utah issued a statement that consisted of Scalley’s apology, saying that he made a “terrible mistake” by sending the text with the slur.

“This language stinks and upsetting to not just the African-American neighborhood, however to all,” Scalley stated. “Instantly after sending it, I apologized to the recipient and his family. I am likewise heartbroken over the potential breach of trust with my fellow coaches, and with the boys in our program, both previous and present.”

While the real slur hasn’t been revealed, a former Utah cornerback Ryan Lacy tweeted that Scalley called him an “N-word” in 2008 and got a “half-ass apology” from Scalley when he confronted him in 2013.

“He is an excellent coach, but needs to be a better Guy. Reality injures,” Lacy wrote.

I, too, was called a racial slur (N-word) by this male in 2008, confronted him my senior year 2013. Kept it 5 years and Got a half ass apology, more on terms of an excuse. He is a fantastic coach, but needs to be a better Man. Fact harms. God bless

— Ryan Lacy (@SpotlightLacy) June 6, 2020

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned he is “shocked” and that this is “irregular” with Scalley’s character. He supports Scalley’s suspension and investigation.

“I take very seriously the hurt, discomfort and anger felt by African-Americans, and the power of words to inflict or deepen that discomfort,” Whittingham said.

Scalley, who was promoted to protective organizer in 2016, has actually been with the football program for 12 years. In 2019, The Utes had the second-best overall defense in college football.

Scalley played for Utah in the early 2000s. He was recognized as an All-American safety for the school and conference co-defensive player of the year in 2004.

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