It’s not relevant how the author would have responded, and the whole hypothetical scenario is ridiculous. Losing a football game is no excuse for being rude to a reporter and Kelly should apologize. (BTW- “I probably could’ve handled it better” is no apology.) Also not sure about characterizing the writing as patronizing. I think there is an obvious difference between a student writing an opinion column asking a face of the University to represent the same better, and a head football coach treating a reporter’s (legitimate) question with contempt.