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UW suspends football head coach for 1 game without pay after sideline incident involving player

The University of Washington has suspended the head football coach after he appeared to shove one of his own players.
Credit: AP Photo/Stephen Brashear
Washington head coach Jimmy Lake, right, reacts while talking with field judge Jeffrey Yock, left, and referee Michael Mothershed, center, during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Seattle.

SEATTLE — The University of Washington (UW) has suspended football head coach Jimmy Lake without pay following a sideline incident during the Huskies’ game against Oregon Saturday.

The Huskies lost 26-16 in what was seen as an underwhelming offensive performance against the no. 5 Ducks. 

During the game, Lake appeared to thrust his right arm toward Huskies linebacker Ruperake Fuavai and then shove him. 

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Fuavai had looked like was exchanging words with Jaylon Redd from the opposing team. 

Lake will be unable to participate in team activities for the week before returning to his coaching duties on Sunday. 

He posted the following apology Monday, "I want to apologize to every member of our team, and in particular to Ruperake Fuavai, for my actions during our game on Saturday. I also want to apologize to President Cauce and Jen Cohen for putting the University in this position. I fully accept the decision that was made. Our team has a right to expect better than what I displayed on Saturday, and I'm committed to doing just that - being better so our program will reflect all that's good about being a Washington Husky." 

The team's defensive coordinator Bob Gregory will fill in for Lake and act as interim head coach for Saturday's game against Arizona State. 

Lake's suspension isn't the only change UW's coaching staff will be dealing with this week. 

On Sunday, UW fired offensive coordinator John Donovan. The team's offense has been called lackluster for the previous two seasons, having only 166 yards. It was the fewest yards in a game for the team since a 2010 loss to Stanford. 

Wide receiver coach Junior Adams will take on play-calling duties, and offensive quality control analyst Payton McCollum will become the quarterback coach. 

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