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Published January 17, 2012, 04:25 PM

UND Coach Roebuck Apologizes to NDSU for 'Racist Blowhards' Remark

FARGO - Veteran University of North Dakota women’s basketball coach Gene Roebuck this morning apologized to North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani over remarks he made at a UND booster luncheon last Friday.

By: Jeff Kolpack, Forum Communications

FARGO - Veteran University of North Dakota women’s basketball coach Gene Roebuck this morning apologized to North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani over remarks he made at a UND booster luncheon last Friday.

Roebuck referred to NDSU fans as “racist blowhards,” apparently in response to NDSU chanting “Sioux suck” in a welcome home celebration from NDSU’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision national title.

The booster meeting was held Friday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The remark was confirmed by several witnesses.

In his email to Bresciani, Roebuck wrote “I would like to apologize for an inappropriate comment I made in reference to North Dakota State University at a booster luncheon last Friday. As a lifelong resident of North Dakota, I have great respect for North Dakota State University and the state of North Dakota. Please accept my apology.”

The UND coach is in Boston, where his team was getting ready to play Harvard tonight.

NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said he was informed last Friday that something inappropriate was said about his school by a UND coach.

Taylor said UND athletic director Brian Faison called him to apologize, not long after the conclusion of the UND booster club meeting.

“I didn’t ask Brian what it was, but I said I appreciated the call,” Taylor said. “I have not heard anything more.”

Roebuck’s apology came the day of the second renewal of the NDSU-UND men’s basketball game, scheduled for tonight at Ralph Engelstad Arena. It also came one week after a Bison football player made reference to UND’s former nickname at the welcome home celebration.

“One thing (Faison) told me is it’s one thing if a 20-year-old football player says something,” Taylor aid. “It’s another thing when an experienced coach says something inappropriate. That’s all he told me.”

Taylor said apologies and remarks between the schools have been going on for years and said comments go both ways between the fan bases.

“Recently, we’ve been the only ones ever to say anything but it’s always gone both ways and it’s not fun for anybody,” Taylor said. “It’s not the guys on the court. It’s the fan base. It’s been going on since before I got here and recently it was directed at us. That’s not always the case.”

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