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MWC reprimands Hall; photos show altercation

Published December 1, 2009 9:08 am

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The Mountain West Conference has issued a public reprimand to BYU quarterback Max Hall for disparaging remarks he made about the University of Utah following the Cougars' 26-23 overtime victory over the Utes on Saturday.

Meanwhile, photos of a postgame altercation involving Jamie Whittingham -- wife of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham -- were released late Monday afternoon.

Hall's comments, made during his postgame press conference, stoked up an already tense rivalry.

"I don't like Utah. In fact, I hate them," Hall said. "I hate everything about them. I hate their program. I hate their fans, I hate everything. ... I think the whole university, their fans and their organization, is classless."

Hall's remarks violated the MWC's sportsmanship rules, the conference statement said. Hall apologized Sunday for his comments.

The postgame altercation involving Jamie Whittingham literally came into clearer focus when freelance photos confirmed an incident occurred.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported Monday that Whittingham suffered a cut lip during an altercation on the field after the game. The photos, by a photographer with US Presswire, show an unidentified BYU fan latching on to Whittingham as he is being restrained by other fans. A second photo shows Whittingham and her daughter backpedaling from the altercation.

BYU police reported two different complaints were filed involving on-field scuffles in or near the area Jamie Whittingham and her daughter were following the game.

Kyle Whittingham has declined comment about the incident.