Letter: The U. should not tolerate racist language

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Utes defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley leads his charges as the University of Utah hosts Idaho State Bengals, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

Why is the University of Utah Athletic Department searching for a reason not to fire defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley for using a racial slur toward a recruit? Not a big deal, I guess.

Wrong. It is a big deal. The university needs to let it be known that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated by anyone in its employ. I don’t care how good the man is as a defensive coach.

Penn State learned that lesson the hard way. Remember? Hire an outside firm to find out if this is an isolated incident. Please.

It doesn’t matter if it is isolated or not. But if that’s a concern, Josh Newman of The Tribune has reported that former Utah player Ryan Lacy said that Scalley did the same thing to him in 2008.

Send a message, Coach Whittingham, that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in your program. Or maybe we should find a head coach who won’t tolerate it.

With the kind of money that you’re paying, it won’t be hard to find talented coaches who don’t use racial slurs. So let’s thank Scalley for his contribution to the football program and allow him to seek employment elsewhere.

John H. Evans, Salt Lake City

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