Mustangs head coach Trent Dilfer has been corralled.
Dilfer, retired NFL quarterback and current high school football head coach at Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tenn., was caught in a bit of controversy during the weekend when a video of him getting rough and shoving a player on the team went viral.
While the reaction to the video was split, Dilfer apparently felt the need to apologize, offering a lengthy mea culpa for the incident on Sunday:
Dilfer’s apology in full:
I want to address the incident on our sideline during Friday night’s game versus Independence that has drawn a lot of attention. First and foremost, I take full responsibility as the head coach and leader of our team for not deescalating an emotional situation with one of our players, Beau Dawson. Beau is one of our finest student athletes and embodies all the characteristics we are looking for in our Mustang players. Beau plays the game with the right kind of passion and is an inspiration to our other players. During a moment of frustration and in an attempt to get our team to play with more discipline, I unfairly singled Beau out. Somehow Beau Dawson has been portrayed publically as the culprit in this situation, when in reality, I should have been a better leader and shown greater wisdom and discernment in how I handled this incident. Overall, I could not be more proud of Beau and the rest of our team for how they handle the emotional nature of each game they compete in.
Some viewers of the video disagreed with Dilfer’s methods, while others pointed to the tough-love nature of football coaching as reason why Dilfer’s behavior was acceptable.
Regardless of feelings about Dilfer’s methods, the Mustangs shoved around Independence on Friday night, winning to the tune of 62-7 one week after beating Greater Atlanta Christian (Ga.) 76-7.
Wins like that will buy the Mustang head coach more than a bit of slack.