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Petrino: 'I never threatened Mr. Dugar '

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Paul Petrino denies the allegation that he verbally attacked and had to be restrained from a reporter from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Paul Petrino denies the allegation that he verbally attacked and had to be restrained from a reporter from the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

The Idaho Vandals responded to Thursday's story by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that claimed Head Coach Paul Petrino threatened to physically attack reporter Michael-Shawn Dugar. Below is a statement released from the University of Idaho:

Director of Athletics Rob Spear – August 20, 2015

Following Wednesday’s football practice, I witnessed Coach Petrino’s verbal exchange with several reporters from a distance.  

I spoke with two UI athletic department officials who were in the immediate vicinity of the exchange between Coach and the Moscow Pullman Daily News reporter.  I want to make it very clear that at no point was Coach Petrino restrained.  

We’re taking this opportunity to set the record straight.  Coach Petrino and I have visited about constructive ways to interact with media in the future and I am confident he will do so.

Head Coach Paul Petrino – August 20, 2015

Ø  Today the Moscow-Pullman Daily News published an article stating that I had to be “physically restrained” from one of their reporters, and insinuated that I intended to physically harm him.  This is not an accurate account of what happened after yesterday’s practice.  I did not approach the reporter nor did I at any time threaten the reporter physically or verbally.  

Ø  I am a passionate person, as a husband, father and coach – I will not apologize for that.  I believe in our players, staff and the program we are building at the University of Idaho.

o   Our players and coaches have put an incredible amount of blood, sweat and tears into turning this football program around.  I am proud of them and firmly believe we are on the verge of accomplishing great things.

Ø  Yesterday I reacted poorly to what I believed to be unfair criticism directed at our players and our program.  I allowed my passion for the program and our players to spill over into a conversation with Mr. Dugar in which I used an unprofessional tone.   I apologize for my language and looking back, I wish that I had handled it differently.  

o   But, again, let me be clear:  I never threatened Mr. Dugar and I was never physically restrained from approaching him; any other characterization of the events yesterday is simply not true.

Ø  I will continue to give everything I have to building a successful football program here in Moscow.  With the support of our players, staff, administration and fans, we will make that happen.  

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