SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah Football Defensive Coordinator Morgan Scalley is on indefinite suspension for his use of a racial slur in a 2013 text message, the university's athletics department announced Friday.
"The use of any form of racist language is not only antithetical to our policies and our values, but it is an affront to all of us, especially our African-American community members. While the review of this matter is being conducted, I have placed Morgan on suspension effective immediately," said Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan in a news release.
Head coach Kyle Whittingham said the incident is inconsistent with Scalley's character and conduct, and he supports the decision to suspend Scalley as the incident is reviewed.
Scalley issued the following statement:
"In 2013 I made a terrible mistake. I used a racial slur in a text message. This language is offensive and hurtful to not only the African-American community, but to all. Immediately after sending it, I apologized to the recipient and his family.
I am also heartbroken over the potential breach of trust with my fellow coaches, and with the young men in our program, both past and present.
I am truly sorry, and I own up to the hurtful effects of my choice. Through my actions and words going forward, I will demonstrate that my use of that slur in 2013 does not reflect or define who I am or what I stand for. My action is indefensible and I will use my voice and position to bring about meaningful and much-needed change.
I accept the University’s suspension, and will use it as a time to reflect on my insensitive comment from 2013 and how I intend to listen and grow from this situation. I am completely against racism, and this will never happen again."