Utah Football Players Speak Out After Morgan Scalley Gets Suspended For Racist Language

The University of Utah has suspended defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley and launched an external investigation concerning a 2013 text message — which included a racial slur — that was accidentally sent to recruits.

“On Wednesday night, I was made aware of a social media post that referenced a 2013 text message that included racist language, sent by our football program’s defensive coordinator, Morgan Scalley,” Harlan said. “I initiated conversations with our campus partners, including President (Ruth) Watkins, and we agreed to have an outside firm review this matter, to seek further details and determine whether this was an isolated incident.”

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Scalley, a former All-American safety for the Utes, has been with the program for nearly 20 years, both as a player and a coach. He was a star on the 2004 Fiesta Bowl team that finished 12-0 and a No. 4 ranking in the AP Poll.

Since then, Scalley has been an assistant coach on defense coaching the safeties before taking over as defensive coordinator. Last year, Scalley was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in college football as the Utes finished No. 2 in total defense, giving up just only 269.2 yards per game, and sixth in scoring defense, at 15 points per game.

Here’s how past and present Utah football players and coaches had to say about Scalley’s suspension, including several posts from former players who claim that this was not an isolated incident.

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