He has a good reason for both these wishes.
Perhaps realizing the consequences of broadcasting that slur in front of rolling tape recorders and WAC commissioner Karl Benson, McMackin asked that reporters not report on his comments.McMackin, speaking at the Western Athletic Conference's annual football media preview on Thursday morning, said the teams gathered the night before the game for a banquet when Irish coach Charlie Weis introduced the players and a ritual they do.
"I know most of the coaches in the country are rooting for us to beat Notre Dame," McMackin said. "Charlie gives this talk, 'We do something special at Notre Dame,' and (the players) get up and they do this little cheer ... this little faggot dance."
"Don't write that 'faggot' down. I was misquoted," he said. "Just please ... cover for me," McMackin said. "Go ahead, say 'faggot dance.' No. Please cover for me on that, too -- right Karl? I'll deny it. Anything else?"
"I know there are a couple of you that know me. I'm a very competitive person. I think I told you guys that was my worst loss in my 40-year career at Notre Dame. It ticks me off that I said that because Notre Dame played a great ballgame.
What I was trying to do was be funny, and it wasn't funny, and it's not funny. Even more, it isn't funny to me. I was trying to make a joke and it was a bad choice of words. And I really, really feel bad about it.
"I'm going to apologize to my team. I'm going to apologize to the people in Hawaii. ... I hope some of you guys know me well enough to know what I'm saying. All I can do is apologize. I feel bad that I used those words. It was really stupid."