UW Huskies looking at sideline incident involving coach Jimmy Lake
SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington said it’s looking into a sideline incident between UW Huskies football coach Jimmy Lake and a player in the first half of Saturday night’s loss to No. 7 Oregon.
Lake appeared to thrust his right arm toward Ruperake Fuavai during a brief skirmish on the Washington sideline. Fuavai appeared to be exchanging words with Oregon’s Jaylon Redd.
“We are aware of an interaction between head coach Jimmy Lake and a student-athlete during the first half of Saturday’s game,” athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “We have high expectations of the conduct of our coaches and we are working to gather more information on this matter.”
Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle tweeted Sunday that he has heard from sources that “things are deteriorating fast” for Lake in regards to his standing with the university.
This morning I’ve heard from multiple sources things are deteriorating fast on Montlake for Jimmy Lake.
An announcement of some kind could be coming later today.
— Jake Heaps (@jtheaps9) November 7, 2021
Asked about it after the game, Lake said he did not hit Fuavai and was trying to get him away from Redd before it could become a penalty.
“I separated him. I did not strike him. I separated him,” Lake said.
The rivalry matchup had chippy moments throughout and players from both teams had to be separated on the field at the conclusion.
Washington also announced Sunday afternoon that offensive coordinator John Donovan has been “relieved of his position.” Click here to read more details.
710Sports.com staff contributed to this report.