Monday, October 22, 2012

Idaho State Football Coach Investigated For Shoving Student

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

The head football coach at Idaho State University is the subject of an investigation by the university and the Pocatello Police Department in the wake of an alleged shoving incident that ended with an ISU student on the ground. The coach's shove was caught on video.

ESPN, which first reported the incident, confirmed the separate investigations with Pocatello law enforcement and ISU. The probe followed a complaint from ISU senior wide receiver Derek Graves, who said he was pushed to the ground by coach Mike Kramer during an Oct. 3 practice. Graves said he has suffered neck and back spasms since the incident.

ESPN reports that the video shows Karmer running toward a player on the field, putting his face close to the player's helmet and then shoving him with two hands, resulting in the player falling backwards to the turf. The video also shows Kramer stepping over the player.

This isn't Kramer's first brush with controversy.

ESPN reports that Kramer was fired by Montana State in 2007, following at least five drug-related arrests of current or former players on his team.

And in 1995, Kramer, then head coach at Eastern Washington University, was accused of slapping a player.

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