Posted: Oct 23, 2012 7:32 PM by MTN Sports
POCATELLO - Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer has been suspended from Saturday's game against the Montana Grizzlies according to ESPN.
Kramer, the former Montana State football coach, was caught on video shoving one of his players to the ground in a recent practice. Senior wide receiver Derek Graves told ESPN that the incident occurred when he preferred to go against a veteran player in one-on-one drills during practice, which caused Kramer to run across the field and push Graves to the ground with two hands.
Graves says he has suffered from neck spasms and has not been cleared by the ISU medical staff to return to practice or games. He has not played in three consecutive games, despite being one of the Bengals top receivers.
"This one-game suspension clearly indicates that Idaho State University has a tolerance for the physical abuse of student athletes," said Graves' attorney Don Jackson. "The outcome of this investigation was a foregone conclusion and strongly indicative of a lack of institutional control. ... A request will be made shortly to the NCAA for a closer look at the administration of this football program and the management of its employees."
In addition to the one-game suspension, Kramer also received a letter of reprimand from Idaho State for violating the university's conduct policy.
Idaho State plays in Missoula against the Grizzlies on Saturday at 1:30pm.