I grew up in Southeastern Idaho, which is Aggie country. Almost exclusively Mormon, but more USU than BYU fans. I don’t remember there being any UofU fans.
My dad’s good friend is a patriarch there were I grew up, and he’s also a retired perennial state football champion coach. He says that there has been a lot of unrest and dislike of Dr. Cockett as university president, but this might be the spark that will light the keg. It all depends on what she actually said (the meeting wasn’t recorded). The investigation will likely just conclude “they said - she said,” barring a mea culpa or a recording that surfaces.
In my view, there is too much smoke for there to have been no fire. Her PR damage control statement also seemed to me to indicate that there is something there. Instead of simply denying the allegations, she expressed shock that she could have been misinterpreted to have said that, and said, “Regardless of how difficult the conversations might be in the coming days, I remain committed to giving our students a voice.”
She knows that the “conversations” she will have to have “in the coming days” will be “difficult.” If there is no “there” there, why would they be? Just because there are some upset people who misunderstood something she didn’t say?
I’m hearing that many people think Andersen was fired way too soon. This Covid season is a throw away season, and Andersen did well enough there for Wisconsin to hire him away.