Kansas coach apologizes for yelling obscenity

Updated: December 3, 2005, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada basketball coach Mark Fox said Friday that he accepted an apology from a Kansas assistant who yelled an obscenity at Nick Fazekas after No. 20 Nevada's 72-70 win the night before.

Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley could be seen -- but not heard on the ESPN2 telecast Thursday -- yelling a two-word expletive at the Wolf Pack's star forward as the two teams passed in a handshake line after the game at Lawrence, Kan.

Dooley said in a statement released by Kansas on Thursday night that he had "great respect for the Nevada team."

"I responded in a negative manner to something that was said to me following the game. I certainly apologize to the Nevada program, and this is not the manner in which Kansas basketball should be represented," he said.

The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World first reported the incident in Friday's editions.

Fox said in a statement that Dooley is "a personal friend and a good man."

"He has apologized to us publicly and privately, and we accepted his apologies," he said.

"We emphasize that Nick Fazekas was celebrating with a teammate and did not say anything to Joe Dooley. It simply was an emotional moment after a hard-fought game. We wish Kansas the best of luck this season," Fox said.

Fazekas scored a game-high 35 points to lead the Wolf Pack (4-0) over the Jayhawks (2-3) in a wild finish.

With less than 5 seconds remaining, Kansas' Jeff Hawkins drove to the basket but got caught up in traffic near the baseline and dished to C.J. Giles in the lane. The 6-foot-11 Fazekas knocked the ball away as Giles went up to shoot, and time ran out.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self stormed onto the court, demanding a foul be called, but to no avail. He said later that "obviously, in a hotly contested game like this one, emotions were high after the game."

"Coach Joe Dooley responded in an inappropriate manner to an exchange with a Nevada player," Self said.


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